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The German Joyce$
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Robert K. Weninger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813041667

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813041667.001.0001

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Joyce, DADA & Co.: Modernist ConInfluences

Joyce, DADA & Co.: Modernist ConInfluences

(p.133) 5 Joyce, DADA & Co.: Modernist ConInfluences
The German Joyce

Robert K. Weninger

University Press of Florida

This chapter engages with the peculiar “con-fluence” of Joyce starting to draft Ulysses in Zurich as of 1915 while, as of February 1916, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara and Richard Huelsenbeck were staging the Dadaist avant-garde revolution, and Lenin preparing the Russian Revolution, literally just down the road. Following a discussion of Tom Stoppard’s treatment of this momentous modernist conjunction in his play Travesties, the focus of this chapter turns to the role played by chance, simultaneity, and abstraction in Expressionist and Dadaist theory and practice and Joyce’s writings. Following an extended discussion of Wilhelm Worringer’s and Wassily Kandinsky’s notions of abstraction, it is argued that Joyce’s use of experimental form is fundamentally opposed to the kind of experiment in abstraction practiced by the Dadaists.

Keywords:   James Joyce, James Joyce’s Ulysses, Abstract Art and Literature, James Joyce’s Ulysses and Abstract Art, James Joyce and Dadaism, James Joyce and Wilhelm Worringer, James Joyce and Expressionism, Hugo Ball, Kandinsky, Simultaneity

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