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'Trust not appearances': Political and personal betrayal in James Joyce's Ulysses

Smyth, G (2014) 'Trust not appearances': Political and personal betrayal in James Joyce's Ulysses. Irish University Review, 44 (2). pp. 254-271. ISSN 0021-1427

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Abstract

Literary historians such as Tony Tanner have speculated that adultery, with its assault upon the patriarchal institution of marriage and its potential for family drama, is the principal theme of the bourgeois novel that evolves in Europe during the nineteenth century. Joyce's famous work was heir to the great nineteenth-century novel of adultery - a tradition which includes the likes of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (1873-77), Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1857), and Zola's Thérèse Raquin (1867). An act of marital betrayal lies at the heart of the story, an act which Joyce explores in all its emotional and moral complexity. Other critics (such as David Lloyd) have argued that his condition as an Irish writer obliged Joyce to develop an 'adulterated' form of writing - one which refused the precepts of patriarchal authorship, and in so doing contributed significantly to the emergence of the cultural sensibility known as Modernism. This article addresses Joyce's imagination of personal and political betrayal as explored in both the thematic and formal aspects of Ulysses.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in Irish University Review. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/iur.2014.0123
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 Literary Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 08:14
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 08:14
DOI or Identification number: 10.3366/iur.2014.0123
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2406

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