James Joyce (1882–1941) occupies a complex position in respect to the Irish Revival, literary and otherwise, and one which has been debated ever since Ulysses was first published in February 1922. When introducing Joyce and Ulysses to the French literary public on the eve of the novel’s publication in Paris, Valery Larbaud contextualized Joyce largely in terms of French literary traditions. This was certainly an appropriate strategy considering his audience, and the French influences that Larbaud signals, especially Gustave Flaubert, are certainly apposite.
This article by Sam Slote is a selection from The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Fiction, edited by Liam Harte.
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