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Essay on the Situation of Joyce - Edited, introduced and commented by Gaston Mannes

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Armand Petitjean (1913-2003), the author of this unpublished essay, was an intellectual and critic whose work has not yet received full recognition for its depth and significance. Between 1933 and 1935 Petitjean produced a typescript in English called Essay on the Situation of Joyce, which Joyce himself described as "an amazing study of W[ork]. I[n]. P[rogress]". Petitjean frequented James Joyce in Paris and played a rather important role in the latter's life until Joyce's death in 1941. This edition contains an introduction which outlines the genesis of the Essay and the connected dealings of its author with important figures from the French literary scene of the 1930s. Along with other sources, this section relies upon numerous unpublished letters from Petitjean and Joyce's international milieu. It describes how the essay fits into its contemporary literary context and highlights the significance of the text in the reception of Joyce. The existence of Armand Petitjean's Essay on the Situation of Joyce was known to the author's closest circle, but it has remained unpublished to this day, to the regret of Joyceans. The publication of this text from the beginning of the 1930s provides us with essential information on the genesis of Work in Progress / Finnegans Wake and on the Joycean community in Paris. A historical overview, analysis, commentary and annotations make up the rest of this volume, which presents unpublished material such as letters from Sylvia Beach, T. S. Eliot, Richard Ellmann, Valery Larbaud, Charles Du Bos, Jean Ballard, Auguste Bréal, Maria Jolas, Stéphanie Chandler, Aline Mayrisch-de Saint Hubert, Victoria Ocampo, Louis Gillet, Georges Pelorson, Emeric Fiser, Jean Gosset, Ettore Settanni and Armand Petitjean himself, as well as extracts from his unpublished autobiography.

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Armand Petitjean (1913–2003), the author of this unpublished essay, was an intellectual and critic whose work has not yet received full recognition for its depth and significance. Between 1933 and 1935 Petitjean produced a typescript in English called Essay on the Situation of Joyce, which Joyce himself described as “an amazing study of W[ork]. I[n]. P[rogress]”. Petitjean frequented James Joyce in Paris and played a rather important role in the latter’s life until Joyce’s death in 1941.

This edition contains an introduction which outlines the genesis of the Essay and the connected dealings of its author with important figures from the French literary scene of the 1930s. Along with other sources, this section relies upon numerous unpublished letters from Petitjean and Joyce’s international milieu. It describes how the essay fits into its contemporary literary context and highlights the significance of the text in the reception of Joyce.

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The existence of Armand Petitjean’s Essay on the Situation of Joyce was known to the author’s closest circle, but it has remained unpublished to this day, to the regret of Joyceans. The publication of this text from the beginning of the 1930s provides us with essential information on the genesis of Work in Progress / Finnegans Wake and on the Joycean community in Paris.

A historical overview, analysis, commentary and annotations make up the rest of this volume, which presents unpublished material such as letters from Sylvia Beach, T. S. Eliot, Richard Ellmann, Valery Larbaud, Charles Du Bos, Jean Ballard, Auguste Bréal, Maria Jolas, Stéphanie Chandler, Aline Mayrisch-de Saint Hubert, Victoria Ocampo, Louis Gillet, Georges Pelorson, Emeric Fiser, Jean Gosset, Ettore Settanni and Armand Petitjean himself, as well as extracts from his unpublished autobiography.

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Armand Petitjean (1913–2003)

Precocious and prolific intellectual, “Philosophy’s Rimbaud” (Bachelard), friend of Lacan, secretary at and contributor to La Nouvelle Revue Française, writer, essayist, critic and literary reviewer, journalist, publicist, author of philosophical works (Imagination et Réalisation, 1936; Le Moderne et son prochain, 1938), translator (Ernst Jünger, W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, John Crowe Ransom), delegate to the Secretariat of Youth (a secretariat attached to the Ministry of Propaganda in Vichy), infantryman in the French army, director of the Lancôme company (created by his father), director of the Écologie collection in the Fayard publishing house, co-founder of the movement Ecoropa (European Network for Ecological Reflection and Action).

Gaston Mannes (1947)

Professor of German literature, scholar attached to the Centre national de littérature (Luxembourg), librarian to the Court of the Grand-Duke of Luxembourg, curator of exhibitions, author of works of science, history and fiction.
He is curator of the exhibition James Joyce in Luxembourg (2022) at the National Library of Luxembourg.

Product details

Authors Armand M Petitjean, Armand M. Petitjean
Assisted by Gaston Mannes (Editor)
Publisher Olms Wissenschaft
 
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 01.05.2022
 
EAN 9783487161723
ISBN 978-3-487-16172-3
No. of pages 290
Dimensions 200 mm x 11 mm x 266 mm
Weight 662 g
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > English linguistics / literary studies

Literatur, Essay, Rezeption, Paris, Frankreich, Rezeptionsgeschichte, Briefe, Milieu, James Joyce, Joyce, Literaturszene, Sylvia Beach, T. S. Eliot, Intellektualität, Work in Progress, Finnegan's Wake, Armand Petitjean, Petitjean

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