Virgil and Joyce: Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses

Virgil and Joyce: Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses

by Randall J. Pogorzelski


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299308001
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Randall J. Pogorzelski is an assistant professor of classical studies at the University of Western Ontario.

Table of Contents

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
Index Locorum

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