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Modernism and Cosmology

Absurd Lights


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Katherine Ebury
    Pages 1-29
  3. Katherine Ebury
    Pages 30-65
  4. Katherine Ebury
    Pages 66-99
  5. Katherine Ebury
    Pages 100-127
  6. Katherine Ebury
    Pages 128-153
  7. Katherine Ebury
    Pages 154-180
  8. Katherine Ebury
    Pages 181-187
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 188-210

About this book


Through examining the work of W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett, Katherine Ebury shows cosmology had a considerable impact on modernist creative strategies, developing alternative reading models of difficult texts such as Finnegans Wake and 'The Trilogy'.


Modernism Literature and Science Cosmology Beckett cosmology cosmos Samuel Beckett William Butler Yeats

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK

About the authors

Katherine Ebury is a Lecturer in Modern Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her reviews and articles have appeared in Joyce Studies Annual, Journal of Modern Literature, Modernism/Modernity, James Joyce Quarterly and Journal of Literature and Science.

Bibliographic information


“Ebury’s book offers excellent observations on the origins and functions of a vast number of astronomical references she traces in Yeats, Joyce and Beckett, and the author constructively brings together and builds on the large number of recent studies on the scientific reading of her subjects. … Cosmology and Modernism offers an enticing roadmap for novelistic astropoetics that will surely generate further explorations of the field.” (Florian Kläger, Symbolism, October, 2016)