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Theodore Ziolkowski

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226183985

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226184036.001.0001

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The Writers

The Writers

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Classicism of the Twenties

Theodore Ziolkowski

University of Chicago Press

This chapter scrutinizes four writers--Joyce, Cocteau, Jahnn, and Valéry--as test cases. It concludes that Joyce in Ulysses and Valéry in La jeune Parque and La cimetière marin fulfill precisely the same search for order and form as do the exemplary classicists. But Cocteau’s adaptation of Antigone remained essentially superficial, while Jahnn’s scandalous Medea was utterly unclassical in its violence and sexuality.

Keywords:   James Joyce, Jean Cocteau, Hans Henny Jahnn, Paul Valéry

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