The Social Unraveling of Modernism
. . . some of the finest, most politically sensitive and informed feminist criticism yet published on Joyce. . . . it will have a major impact on the field of Joyce studies . . . --Vicki Mahaffey, associate professor of English, University of Pennsylvania In this revolutionary work, Margot Norris proposes that Joyce's art critiques modernism's fundamental concept of the artist as martyr to bourgeois sensibilities by revealing an awareness of the artist's connections to and constraints within bourgeois society.
... is the luminous silent stasis of esthetic pleasure , a spiritual state very like to
that cardiac condition which the Italian physiologist Luigi Galvani , using a phrase
almost as beautiful as Shelley ' s , called the enchantment of the heart " ( P 213 ) .