Performing abjection: staging Joyce’s inscription of bodies

Devlin-Glass, Frances 2013, Performing abjection: staging Joyce’s inscription of bodies, in Joycean Worlds Conference : Program and abstracts of the Joycean Worlds Conference 2013, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Title Performing abjection: staging Joyce’s inscription of bodies
Author(s) Devlin-Glass, FrancesORCID iD for Devlin-Glass, Frances
Conference name Joycean Worlds Conference (2013 : Dunedin, New Zealand)
Conference location Dunedin, New Zealand
Conference dates 3 - 5 Oct 2013
Title of proceedings Joycean Worlds Conference : Program and abstracts of the Joycean Worlds Conference 2013
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2013
Conference series Joycean Worlds Conference
Total pages p.
Publisher University of Otago
Place of publication Dunedin, New Zealand
Keyword(s) James Joyce
representations of the body
Summary This paper raises the t/horny question of performing (as opposed to reading) Joyce’s representation of the body. It emerges out of twenty years of performance of Joyce’s texts, and the challenges they represent, specifically in the matter of enacting abjection, on the stage. When the abject is theorized, it is frequently in the contexts of power, or melancholia or horror. What is fascinating about Joyce’s treatment of bodies is that the context is usually that of comedy, and the rigorous and critical analysis of codes and conventions surrounding the right and proper body. While it is tempting to play for laughs and shock effects that elicit laughter, and directors frequently do, the paper asks if there are limits to staging Joyce’s most abject moments, and whether to do so is to dishonor or cheapen Joyce’s insanely meticulous methods of building character.
Language eng
Field of Research 200503 British and Irish Literature
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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