By Colin MacCabe
This moment variation of Colin MacCabe's James Joyce and the Revolution of the be aware reprints a vintage serious textual content on Joyce and provides a wealth of recent fabric which locations the textual content in its political and ancient context. The argument hyperlinks politics and literature, intercourse and language, to supply an account of Joyce which areas him constantly in either Irish and eu historical past.
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It would be hard to tell on which sideGwendolen's or Grandcourt's - the influence was more mixed. At that moment his strongest wish was to be completely master of this creature- this piquant combination of maidenliness and mischief: that she knew things which had made her start away from him, spurred him to triumph over that repugnance; and he was believing that he should triumph. And she - ah, piteous equality in the need to dominate! -she was overcome like the thirsty one who is drawn towards the seeming water in the desert, overcome by the suffused sense that here in this man's homage to her lay the rescue from helpless subjection to an oppressive lot (George Eliot 1880, vol.
170). The only reason we need to pay attention to the systematicity oflanguage is as therapy for the philosophical disease of attempting to reduce that heterogeneous systematicity to one single system. The aim of philosophy, in its new role as therapy, is to lead us back into the areas where language is obvious, where 'the chain of reasons has an end' (Wittgenstein 1964, p. 143), where language becomes transparent within its appropriate practice. This is the 'bringing into position' which Dummett mentioned: a statement becomes effectively decidable within a practice which provides criteria of judgement.
This deferment of meaning opens up the reader to language, to the functioning of the signifier. The liberation oflanguage and the reader is, however, provisional. It is accompanied by the promise that the correct signifieds will be provided by the text and that we will be 46 JAMES JOYCE AND THE REVOLUTION OF THE WORD reassured, in position, outside the movement of language. The contradiction of narrative is that this future promise of position is always the denial of the present reality of liberation, although the promise only makes sense in terms of that very liberation it seeks to deny.