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Satiric Modernism$
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Kevin Rulo

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979893

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979893.001.0001

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Satiric Joints

Satiric Joints

Lewis and Joyce

(p.121) Chapter Three Satiric Joints
Satiric Modernism

Kevin Rulo

Liverpool University Press

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’20s in two works of fiction: the well-known novel Ulysses by James Joyce and the little-known, still largely unpublished novel fragment “Joint” by Wyndham Lewis – two very different works, especially in the characterizations of their respective protagonists, but nonetheless works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.

Keywords:   James Joyce, hero, Leopold Bloom, Wyndham Lewis, high modernism

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