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Religion and Aesthetic Experience in Joyce and Yeats


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: Argument and Contexts

    1. Tudor Balinisteanu
      Pages 1-25
  3. The Creative Process and Social Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Tudor Balinisteanu
      Pages 29-56
    3. Tudor Balinisteanu
      Pages 57-85
  4. Reader Response and Social Action

  5. Conclusion: Art and Life Rhythms

    1. Tudor Balinisteanu
      Pages 188-196
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-216

About this book


This monograph is based on archival research and close readings of James Joyce's and W. B. Yeats's poetics and political aesthetics. Georges Sorel's theory of social myth is used as a starting point for exploring the ways in which the experience of art can be seen as a form of religious experience.


Religion aesthetic experience social myth religious belief capitalism reproducibility economic materialism performativity of art aesthetics Close reading William Butler Yeats

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SuceavaRomania

About the authors

Tudor Balinisteanu obtained his PhD from the University of Glasgow, UK, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in English Literature at University of Suceava, Romania. He is the author of Violence, Narrative and Myth in Joyce and Yeats: Subjective Identity and Anarcho-Syndicalist Traditions (Palgrave, 2013), and Narrative, Social Myth, and Reality in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Women's Writing: Kennedy, Lochhead, Bourke, Ní Dhuibhne, and Carr (2009). He has also published in a number of UK, Irish, Canadian, and US journals.

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