By James Joyce
The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin youth and adolescence, his quest for identification via artwork and his slow emancipation from the claims of kinfolk, faith and eire itself, is additionally an indirect self-portrait of the younger James Joyce and a common testomony to the artist's 'eternal imagination'.
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When the belief in the ability to narrate a life story, to turn experience into text, comes into doubt, the belief in the ability of a narrative to separate criminal from noncriminal and to reconstruct the events that lead to a crime must also fall under suspicion. This is precisely what happens in these volumes, in which some of Germany’s most important novelists, most innovative journalists, and most interesting intellectual ﬁgures turn their attention to this breakdown of the case narrative as a means to distinguish the criminal from the noncriminal.
25. Graeme Gilloch argues for Benjamin’s dual perspective on urban modernity in Walter Benjamin: Critical Constellations (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2002). See especially 7–8. 26. Bertolt Brecht, “Über die Popularität des Kriminalromans,” in Der Kriminalroman, ed. Jochen Vogt, 34. Subsequent references will be cited in the text. 27. See, for example, “Spannende Romane,” in Frankfurter Zeitung (27 January 1925); “Hamlet wird Detektiv,” in Frankfurter Zeitung (28 March 1926); “Neue Detektivromane,” in Frankfurter Zeitung (24 April 1927); “Neue Kriminalromane,” in Frankfurter Zeitung (28 September 1930); and “Edgar Wallace,” in Frankfurter Zeitung (13 Feb 1932).
Life as Catastrophe: Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht picks up on Benjamin’s account of the alienation and inexplicability of modern experience and the role that the detective story plays in portraying it in his essay “Über die Popularität des Kriminalromans” (On the Popularity of the Detective Novel, 1938). In this important essay, Brecht seeks to inquire into the reasons for the detective novel having attained such a high degree of popularity in modern society, as well as the reasons for his own passionate devotion to the genre.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (UK Edition) by James Joyce