Book review:. The most dangerous book: The battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

Devlin-Glass, Frances 2014, Book review:. The most dangerous book: The battle for James Joyce's Ulysses, Australasian journal of irish studies, vol. 14, pp. 142-146.

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Title Book review:. The most dangerous book: The battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
Author(s) Devlin-Glass, FrancesORCID iD for Devlin-Glass, Frances
Journal name Australasian journal of irish studies
Volume number 14
Start page 142
End page 146
Total pages 5
Publisher Murdoch University, Centre for Irish Studies
Place of publication Murdoch, W.A.
Publication date 2014-12
ISSN 1837-1094
Summary Birmingham, a literary historian from Harvard, tells, in much greater detail than ever before, the story of the banning of what is arguably the most important and transformative literary text ever. For it to be in our hands and read openly is for it to have changed the conditions under which reading occurs in the western world, changed definitions of obscenity, and challenged the secrecy which was the stock-in-trade of the purity-snoopers, both vigilante and state-sanctioned. Joyce’s fiction was burned, guillotined, confiscated, had printer’s plates wrecked and whole editions pulped, was smuggled across borders, carried in corsets, was extensively and ‘legally’ pirated in the US. The story of its surveillance is a gripping one, and the book a page-turner, and moreover to tell the story is to explain how literary modernism became mainstream, and not the just preserve of marginalised avant-garde bohemians.
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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