James Joyce and Heraldry

James Joyce and Heraldry

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James Joyce and Heraldry demonstrates that heraldry is an essential key to the symbols of Joycea€™s 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 Oa€™Shea shifts the focus from the aural imagery of Joyce to reveal the visual impact deriving from Joycea€™s use of the symbols and language of heraldry. He cites biographical and textual evidence of Joycea€™s deep interest in coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic emblems; and demonstrates that Joyce used these visual symbols as well as a€œthe curious jargons of heraldrya€ in his writings. Oa€™Shea succeeds in compiling an indispensable reference work that sheds new light on Joycea€™s 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 Joycea€™s 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


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