ROLL AWAY THE REEL WORLD traces Joyce’s involvement in early modern cinema, his thematic and formal borrowing from this genre, and the impact of his writings on later avant-garde and mainstream cinema ranging from Godard to Rossellini to Scorsese.
Written by an international group of leading Joyce and film studies scholars, the first section of the book provides a revealing account of the writer’s central involvement in 1909-10 in setting up the Volta cinema, the first specifically-designated cinematic space opened in Dublin.
The main body of the book traces aesthetic and structural links between Joyce and film, offering chapters on the birth of modern cinema as seen from Joyce’s position in Trieste, a surprising vibrant “capital” of cinema, examining the impact on Joyce of early film makers such as the Lumière brothers, Cretinetti, and Meliès, and assessing the influence of Joyce’s writings on contemporary film directors. The presence of Joyce’s Ulysses is traced in films such as American Beauty (Mendes, 1999) and The Departed (Scorsese, 2006) while various film treatments of Joyce’s work – such as John Huston’s The Dead – are also analysed.
Introduction: From the real to the reel and back: explorations into Joyce and cinema
James Joyce and the Volta Programme by Luke McKernan; Dedalus Among the Film Folk: Joyce and the Cinema Volta by Erik Schneider; Joyce, Early Cinema and the Erotics of Everyday Life by Katherine Mullin; The Ghost Walks: Joyce and the Spectres of Silent Cinema by Maria DiBattista; Mirages in the Lampglow: Joyce’s ‘Circe’ and Méliès’ Dream Cinema by Philip Sicker; Futurist Music Hall and Cinema by Carla Marengo Vaglio; Circe’s Costume Changes: Bloom, Fregoli and Early Cinema by Marco Camerani; ‘See Ourselves as Others See Us’: Cinematic Seeing and Being in Ulysses by Cleo Hanaway; JJ/JLG Louis Armand; Tracing Joyce: ‘The Dead’ in Huston and Rossellini by Kevin Barry; Odysseys of Sound and Image: ‘Cinematicity’ and the Ulysses Adaptations by Keith Williams; James Joyce, Subliminal Screenwriter? by Jesse Meyers; Appendix : Volta Filmography by Luke McKernan
John McCourt Ph.D Lecturer in English literature, Università Roma Tre; Director, Trieste Joyce School Trieste and is author of The Years of Bloom Joyce in Trieste 1904-1920 (2000)
ISBN 978-185918-471-4, €39, £35, Hbk, 234 x 156mm, 262pp