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James Joyce

Geburtstag: 2. Februar 1882
Todesdatum: 13. Januar 1941

James Joyce [ˌdʒeɪmz ˈdʒɔɪs] war ein irischer Schriftsteller.

Besonders seine wegweisenden Werke Dubliner, Ulysses und Finnegans Wake verhalfen ihm zu großer Bekanntheit. Er gilt als einer der wichtigsten Vertreter der literarischen Moderne.

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„… meine Seele ist in Triest.“

—  James Joyce

(Original engl.: "… my soul is in Trieste." - Brief an Nora Barnacle vom 27. Oktober 1909. Selected letters of James Joyce, Viking Press, New York 1976, S. 173

Citát „Schließe deine Augen und sieh.“

„Versteht es niemand?“

—  James Joyce

Letzte Worte, 13. Januar 1941

„Das Ziel des Künstlers ist die Erschaffung des Schönen. Was das Schöne ist, ist eine andere Frage.“

—  James Joyce

Ein Portrait des Künstlers als junger Mann, Kapitel 5
Original engl.: The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question. - gutenberg.org http://www.gutenberg.org/files/4217/4217.txt

„Der längste Umweg ist der kürzeste nach Hause.“

—  James Joyce, Ulysses

Ulysses, übersetzt von Hans Wollschläger, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1992, S. 528
Original engl.: "Longest way round is the shortest way home." - Ulysses (1922), chapter II p. 320 books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=fxWfE1JLUIMC&pg=PA320

„But there was no harshness in the eyes which, looking at the world from under their tawny eyebrows, gave the impression of a man ever alert to greet a redeeming instinct in others but often disappointed. He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances.“

—  James Joyce, buch Dubliners

"A Painful Case"
Dubliners (1914)
Kontext: But there was no harshness in the eyes which, looking at the world from under their tawny eyebrows, gave the impression of a man ever alert to greet a redeeming instinct in others but often disappointed. He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances. He had an odd autobiographical habit which led him to compose in his mind from time to time a short sentence about himself containing a subject in the third person and a predicate in the past tense.

„End here. Us then. Finn, again! Take.“

—  James Joyce, buch Finnegans Wake

Finnegans Wake (1939)
Kontext: End here. Us then. Finn, again! Take. Bussoftlhee, mememormee! Till thousandsthee. Lps. The keys to. Given! A way a lone a last a loved a long the / riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. (628.13 to 3.3)

„Then all at once I see it and I know at once what it is: epiphany.“

—  James Joyce, buch Stephen Hero

Stephen Hero (1944)
Kontext: This triviality made him think of collecting many such moments together in a book of epiphanies. By an epiphany he meant a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether in the vulgarity of speech or of gesture or in a memorable phase of the mind itself. He believed that it was for the man of letters to record these epiphanies with extreme care, seeing that they themselves are the most delicate and evanescent of moments. He told Cranly that the clock of the Ballast Office was capable of an epiphany. Cranly questioned the inscrutable dial of the Ballast Office with his no less inscrutable countenance:
—Yes, said Stephen. I will pass it time after time, allude to it, refer to it, catch a glimpse of it. It is only an item in the catalogue of Dublin's street furniture. Then all at once I see it and I know at once what it is: epiphany.

„In the name of the former and of the latter and of their holocaust. Allmen.“

—  James Joyce, buch Finnegans Wake

419.9-10
Finnegans Wake (1939)

„Imagine my glimpses at that clock as the gropings of a spiritual eye which seeks to adjust its vision to an exact focus. The moment the focus is reached the object is epiphanised.“

—  James Joyce, buch Stephen Hero

Stephen Hero (1944)
Kontext: Imagine my glimpses at that clock as the gropings of a spiritual eye which seeks to adjust its vision to an exact focus. The moment the focus is reached the object is epiphanised. It is just in this epiphany that I find the third, the supreme quality of beauty. … No esthetic theory, pursued Stephen relentlessly, is of any value which investigates with the aid of the lantern of tradition. What we symbolise in black the Chinaman may symbolise in yellow: each has his own tradition. Greek beauty laughs at Coptic beauty and the American Indian derides them both. It is almost impossible to reconcile all tradition whereas it is by no means impossible to find the justification of every form of beauty which has ever been adored on the earth by an examination into the mechanism of esthetic apprehension whether it be dressed in red, white, yellow or black. We have no reason for thinking that the Chinaman has a different system of digestion from that which we have though our diets are quite dissimilar. The apprehensive faculty must be scrutinised in action.

„The apprehensive faculty must be scrutinised in action.“

—  James Joyce, buch Stephen Hero

Stephen Hero (1944)
Kontext: Imagine my glimpses at that clock as the gropings of a spiritual eye which seeks to adjust its vision to an exact focus. The moment the focus is reached the object is epiphanised. It is just in this epiphany that I find the third, the supreme quality of beauty. … No esthetic theory, pursued Stephen relentlessly, is of any value which investigates with the aid of the lantern of tradition. What we symbolise in black the Chinaman may symbolise in yellow: each has his own tradition. Greek beauty laughs at Coptic beauty and the American Indian derides them both. It is almost impossible to reconcile all tradition whereas it is by no means impossible to find the justification of every form of beauty which has ever been adored on the earth by an examination into the mechanism of esthetic apprehension whether it be dressed in red, white, yellow or black. We have no reason for thinking that the Chinaman has a different system of digestion from that which we have though our diets are quite dissimilar. The apprehensive faculty must be scrutinised in action.

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