<i>Exiles</i>, Act I: Enter James Joyce, a “Poet of Silence and Truth”

Robert K. Weninger

in The German Joyce

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041667
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043678 | DOI:
Exiles, Act I: Enter James Joyce, a “Poet of Silence and Truth”

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This chapter studies the German impact of and literary historical background to the world’s first staging ever of Joyce’s drama Exiles in German translation in Munich in 1919 and explores the reasons why German critics responded so harshly to the play. It reflects on the historical background surrounding the end of the First World War and the subsequent Munich revolutionary uprising as a possible reason why Joyce did not attend this first staging but also provides a contextual reading of Exiles against the backdrop of German drama of the period, in particular the plays of Frank Wedekind.

Keywords: James Joyce; James Joyce’s Exiles; Frank Wedekind; Frank Wedekind and James Joyce

Chapter.  4519 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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