Joyce and the Law

Joyce and the Law

by Jonathan Goldman (Editor)


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Making the case that legal issues are central to James Joyce’s life and work, international experts in law and literature offer new insights into Joyce’s most important texts. They analyze Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Giacomo Joyce, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake in light of the legal contexts of Joyce’s day.

Topics include marriage laws, the Aliens Act of 1905, laws governing display and use of language, minority rights debates, municipal self-government, rentier culture, and regulations on alcohol consumption and licensing. This volume also highlights Joyce’s own fascination with law and legal inquiry and explores how, by adopting a unique visual and linguistic style, Joyce constructed an authorial identity that mirrored the process of trademark. It also offers a deeper understanding of Judge John Woolsey’s decision in the Ulysses obscenity case and reveals the many ways copyright has affected publication of Joyce’s work and the scholarly and aesthetic use of his words. These discussions show how reading Joyce alongside the law enriches both legal studies and literary scholarship.

A volume in the Florida James Joyce Series, edited by Sebastian D. G. Knowles

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813064475
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Series: The Florida James Joyce Series
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Goldman, professor of English at New York Institute of Technology, is the author of Modernism Is the Literature of Celebrity and coeditor of Modernist Star Maps: Celebrity, Modernity, Culture.

Table of Contents


Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: James Joyce and the Law 1

Jonathan Goldman

Part I. Legal Lives of Joyce’s Characters

1. Criminal Conversation: Marriage, Adultery, and the Law in Joyce’s Work 15

Janine Utell

2. Joyce and British Finance Law: Adrift on the Waters of International Investment 31

Carey Mickalites

3. Joyce, the Aliens Act, and Immigration 47

Steven Morrison

Part II. Legal Regimes of Joyce’s Spaces and Places

4. National Languages and Neutral Idioms: Joyce among the Language Laws 63

Tekla Mecsnober

5. Rights and Losses: The Ends of Minority Recognition in Joyce and International Law 84

Rich Cole

6. Dublin Inc.: Municipal Corporation Reform in “Ivy Day in the Committee Room” 105

Celia Marshik

7. “Nobody Owns”: Ulysses, Tenancy, and Property Law 122

Andrew Gibson

8. Pro Bono Publico: Urban Space in “Cyclops” 135

Robert Brazeau

Part III. Joyce’s Legal Languages and Sources

9. “Eating orangepeels in the park”: Largesse, Libel, and Public Action in Ulysses 157

Anne Marie D’Arcy

10. The Law in/of Finnegans Wake: A Starchamber Quiry 179

Terence Killeen

11. The Logos of Trademark: Joyce, Bass Ale, and Brand Insignias 193

Jonathan Goldman

Part IV. Circulation and Its Legalities

12. Literature Meets Law in Court: The Trials of Ulysses 213

Joseph M. Hassett

13. The Prestige of the Law: Revisiting Obscenity Law and Judge Woolsey’s Ulysses Decision 228

Kevin Birmingham

14. Ulysses as Deodand: Books, Automobiles, and the Law of Forfeiture 246

Robert Spoo

15. The Past and Future of Joycean Copyright 262

Amanda Golden

List of Contributors 277

Index 279

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"A capacious, generative, and important collection with far-ranging implications for Joyce studies and for our understanding of literature’s relationship to law."—Ravit Reichman, author of The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism and the Literary Imagination

"Draws together an international cohort of Joyce scholars with specialist knowledge in legal considerations shaping events and characters’ motivations in Joyce’s writing."—Margot Gayle Backus, author of Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars

"Gives us a new map of the busy intersection of Joyce and law. This volume’s contributors rise to the challenge, taking on everything from laws of marriage, immigration, and finance to regimes of intellectual property, libel, and obscenity."—Paul K. Saint-Amour, author of Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form

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