Lewis and Joyce
This chapter extends the reflections of chapter two in seeking to explore further how antimodern satire shapes the high-modernist ’20s in two works of fiction: the well-known novel Ulysses by James Joyce and the little-known, still largely unpublished novel fragment “Joint” by Wyndham Lewis – two very different works, especially in the characterizations of their respective protagonists, but nonetheless works intimately connected in that Lewis’s text was written in many ways as a response and reaction to Joyce’s. Both works are important as significant texts of modernist satire. The chapter is divided into two parts. The first part considers Lewis’s manuscript within the context of its composition, arguing that “Joint” uncovers for us the fullness of a “high-modernist” moment, still thoroughly satirical, in his oeuvre in the early 1920s. Part two argues that satiric strategies can likewise be discerned in the deep structures of Ulysses, above all in the character of Leopold Bloom.
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