Chapter 11: “Clio’s Clippings”: From Newspaper to Press Cutting

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Newspapers, pamphlets, handbills and other printed ephemera pervade Joyce’s letters as well as his works of fiction. He subscribed to Irish newspapers and to newspaper clipping services. As Joyce’s works were published, he became increasingly attuned to press coverage, either keeping stories clipped from the newspapers or sending them as enclosures in his letters. One of his main means of communication with supporters was via clippings. Of interest here is Joyce’s use of the newspaper after it had served its function as carrier of the latest information. Examples of clippings sent to Ezra Pound and to Harriet Weaver document his fascination with the treatment he was receiving in the press and his ability to turn the press’s interest in him to his advantage. In his works, a newspaper clipping forms part of the opening scene of “A Painful Case”, three clippings are enumerated in the “Ithaca” episode of Ulysses and remnants of press notices appear in Finnegans Wake. Clippings form part of the multitude of cultural references that permeate Joyce’s works. Extracting them from their original sources, Joyce puts them to a variety of uses and offers them to be viewed from multiple perspectives.

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