I’m giving a presentation at the 2013 North American James Joyce Conference this week in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina so I’ll resume regular posting Monday.
My presentation deals, in part, with Irish writer Roddy Doyle’s continued public reactions to Joyce, a legendary Irish literary figure who published Dubliners, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. Doyle has playfully argued Ulysses “needed a good editor” and has criticized academics who relentlessly study Joyce.
Fairly recently, Doyle wrote, “It’s the religion that annoys me, the Apostolic Church of James Joyce the Redeemer, and the priests who guard the church’s holy texts, the bowler-hatted bores who have robbed Joyce of his flaws and humanity.”
So who are these “bowler-hatted bores”?
I hope to have some fun with Doyle’s remark (see slide image above) and then turn it into a discussion about postmodernity’s murky relationship to modernity, the commodification of publishing in our screen culture and the impact of neoliberalism on the fiction writer. Fun times.-Kurt Hochenauer