James Joyce and Heraldry demonstrates that heraldry is an essential key to the symbols of Joyceas major works. It is a clear, witty introduction to heraldry and the use of heraldic imagery by Western writers, including Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Sterne. Michael OaShea shifts the focus from the aural imagery of Joyce to reveal the visual impact deriving from Joyceas use of the symbols and language of heraldry. He cites biographical and textual evidence of Joyceas deep interest in coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic emblems; and demonstrates that Joyce used these visual symbols as well as athe curious jargons of heraldrya in his writings. OaShea succeeds in compiling an indispensable reference work that sheds new light on Joyceas major texts, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. His commentary is thoroughly illustrated and includes a glossary of heraldic terms keyed to Joyceas usage of them.We have seen one example of blazon in The Scarlet Letter: aquot;ON A FIELD, SABLE , THE LETTER A, GULES. ... by the sort of orderliness and telegraphic concision which would appeal to clerks, it is also a prime example of formulaic diction.
|Title||:||James Joyce and Heraldry|
|Author||:||Michael J. O'Shea|
|Publisher||:||SUNY Press - 1986-06-01|