James Joyce and Cinematicity: Before and After Film

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In this book, Keith Williams explores Victorian culture’s emergent ‘cinematicity’ as a key creative driver of Joyce’s experimental fiction, showing how Joyce’s style and themes share the cinematograph’s roots in Victorian optical entertainment and science. The book reveals Joyce’s references to optical toys, shadowgraphs, magic lanterns, panoramas, photographic analysis and film peepshows. Close analyses of his works show how his techniques elaborated and critiqued their effects on modernity’s ‘media-cultural imaginary’.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages304
ISBN (Electronic)9781474463850, 9781474402491
ISBN (Print)9781474402484
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Experimental writing
  • Intermediality
  • James Joyce
  • optical science
  • shadowgraphy
  • visual form


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