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At FaultJoyce and the Crisis of the Modern University$
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Sebastian D.G. Knowles

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056920

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056920.001.0001

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Death by Gramophone

Death by Gramophone

(p.103) 5 Death by Gramophone
At Fault

Sebastian D.G. Knowles

University Press of Florida

Modernism grew up with the gramophone and came to fear its mechanization as a threat to the lost aurality of a pre-war world. For many modernists, Joyce among them, the gramophone brought death, as the opposite of what they were writing for and a direct threat to their writing lives. Joyce’s gramophone recordings are paired with T. S. Eliot’s writings on the music-hall, and particularly the vaudeville performer Marie Lloyd, to show the humanity of live performance against the soullessness of art in a box. Other modernist works, from To the Lighthouse to As I Lay Dying to Krapp’s Last Tape to Brighton Rock, make an appearance in this wide-ranging study.

Keywords:   gramophone, modernism, aurality, Joyce, T. S. Eliot

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