Travesties: Tom Stoppard’s Joyce and Other Dadaist Fantasies, Or History in a Hat

  title={Travesties: Tom Stoppard’s Joyce and Other Dadaist Fantasies, Or History in a Hat},
  author={Ira Bruce Nadel},
  journal={James Joyce Quarterly},
  pages={481 - 492}
  • I. Nadel
  • Published 2009
  • History
  • James Joyce Quarterly
The original impulse for this essay was to examine the gaps between biographical fact and character in Travesties.1 I was then going to expose the historical incongruities within the play and argue that Tom Stoppard's redaction of lives and events was demanded by the conditions of dramatic performance. Such an explanation would not ease the anxieties of those who are literally minded, but then I remembered Oscar Wilde. In Stoppard's The Invention of Love, Wilde remarks that biography is "the… 
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