Exiles (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)

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By James Joyce, Keri Walsh (Editor)
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'That is my fear. That I stand between her and any moments of life that should be hers...'

Set against the backdrop of the Home Rule Crisis of 1912, Exiles is James Joyce's only surviving play. It tells the story of writer Richard Rowan and his common-law wife Bertha, characters drawn from Joyce's own life with Nora Barnacle. After a decade of absence from Dublin, Richard and Bertha have
returned home from Rome, still unmarried, with their young son Archie. Richard hopes that he will be greeted as a returning genius and rewarded with a comfortable university position. But this aspiration ends up taking a back seat to the erotic crisis that is unleashed by the couple's return to the
place where they first met, and their encounters with two old flames and friends.

In this play, Joyce revisits his own agonizing feelings of jealousy that were precipitated by similar trips home to Dublin.

In the introduction and notes, Keri Walsh provides a comprehensive look issues of gender, sexuality, and performance as well as considering the nationalist and sectarian contexts of Dublin in 1912, the year of the play's setting.

About the Author

James Joyce Keri Walsh is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University in New York. She is the editor of James Joyce's Dubliners (2016) and The Letters of Sylvia Beach (2010).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780198800064
ISBN-10: 0198800061
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: February 1st, 2021
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics