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James Joyce, Sexuality and Social Purity

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: provoking the puritysnoopers; 1. 'Works which boys couldn't read': reading and regulation in 'An Encounter'; 2. 'Don't cry for me, Argentina': 'Eveline', white slavery and the seductions of propaganda; 3. 'True manliness': policing masculinity in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; 4. Typhoid turnips and crooked cucumbers: theosophical purity in 'Scylla and Charybdis'; 5. Making a spectacle of herself: Gerty MacDowell through the mutoscope; 6. Vice crusading in Nighttown: 'Circe', brothel policing and the pornographies of reform; Afterword; Select bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Katharine Mullin is Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Her work has appeared in Semicolonial Joyce ed. Derek Attridge and Marjorie Howes (Cambridge, 2000) and in Modernism/ Modernity.


'... both fascinating and titillating ... deft, well-researched, and fascinating ... a rollicking good journey ... a series of quite striking intertextual engagements ... Even readers without a particular investment in Joyce and his works will find this book useful ... often masterful and always witty engagement with Joyce's works ... it will make a welcome addition to the libraries of Joyceans and non-Joyceans alike ... this is a genuine rarity among critical books: a smart, concise, and engaging text that treats sexuality and scandal with just the right mix of scholarly rigor, native intelligence, and good humour.' Modernism/Modernity 'Katherine Mullin's ... book will make any voyeuristic reader of history despair that she has had to wait so long for that pleasure ... A concise and accessible text presenting a compelling argument, careful close readings, and equally compelling primary source material, Mullin's work is a rare scholarly pleasure.' Irish Studies Review 'Part and parcel of Mullin's study is a rich documentation of the social purity movement's cultural history ...a pleasure to read ... represents something rare in Joyce criticism ... [and] discovering a neglected strand of meaning and demonstrating how this is 'woven into the fabric of the fiction' ... the study offers a rich body of cultural information based on enormously extensive research on the sexual discourses of the time in general and the history of the purity movement in particular ... proof of how fruitful in many ways a cultural studies approach to literature can be.' Anglia. Zeitschrift fuer Englische Philologie

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