Ireland Literature Guide

The Ireland Literature Guide is an Irish online resource for Literature from Ireland

Thursday, February 08, 2007

James Joyce and David Lynch - Art as abstraction

In a recent interview the famous film director David Lynch made a parallel between his work and that of James Joyce: "Yes, with James Joyce, word combinations conjure things. He uses them as an art form and a language for abstractions. Cinema is its own language. As the sound and picture get going and things begin to happen, it can get pretty abstract, but it's a language that says something that can't be said in words -- or maybe could, by a poet." Here we see a very good example of Joyce's ability to render off the page the image he wants to express sometimes using the gap in the text to bridge to, and often create, the reader

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