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James Joyce’s Ulysses is a modern version of Homer’s Odyssey, but Joyce—who was a better scholar of Latin than of Greek—also was deeply influenced by the Aeneid, Virgil’s epic poem about the journey of Aeneas and the foundation of Rome. Joyce wrote Ulysses during the Irish War of Independence, when militants, politicians, and intellectuals were attempting to create a new Irish nation. Virgil wrote the Aeneid when, in the wake of decades of civil war, Augustus was founding what we now call the Roman Empire. Randall Pogorzelski applies modern theories of nationalism, intertextuality, and reception studies to illuminate how both writers confronted issues of nationalism, colonialism, political violence, and freedom during times of crisis.
About the Author
Randall J. Pogorzelski is an assistant professor of classical studies at the University of Western Ontario.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Joyce’s “Aeolus” and the Semicolonial Virgil 2 Joyce’s Citizen and Virgil’s Cacus 3 The Virgilian Past of Nationalism 4 Joyce’s Rudy and Virgil’s Marcellus 5 Virgil’s Joycean Poetics Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index Index Locorum