James Joyce's Painful Case

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In order to demonstrate that one story from the Dubliners is not only a turning point in that book but also a microcosm of a wide range of important Joycean influences and preoccupations, Cóilín Owens examines the dense intertextuality of "A Painful Case."
 
Assuming the position of the ideal contemporary Irish reader that Joyce might have anticipated, Owens argues that the main character, James Duffy, is a "spoiled priest," emotionally...
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Overview


In order to demonstrate that one story from the Dubliners is not only a turning point in that book but also a microcosm of a wide range of important Joycean influences and preoccupations, Cóilín Owens examines the dense intertextuality of "A Painful Case."
 
Assuming the position of the ideal contemporary Irish reader that Joyce might have anticipated, Owens argues that the main character, James Duffy, is a "spoiled priest," emotionally arrested by his guilt at having rejected the call to the priesthood. Duffy's intellectual life thereafter progresses through German idealism to eventual nihilism. The contrast of nihilist thought and Christian belief is Owens's main focus, and he demonstrates how this dichotomy is evident at various points in the life of James Duffy.
 
From this springboard, Owens constructs a larger discussion of Joyce's cultural influences, including Schopenhauer, Wagner, Tolstoy, and others. He considers many other complex interrelationships that inform Joyce's text--theology, philosophy, music, opera, literary history, Irish cultural history, and Joyce's own poetry--and offers detailed elucidations informed by historical, geographical, linguistic, and biographical information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813031934
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Florida James Joyce Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Cóilín Owens is professor emeritus of English at George Mason University, coeditor of Irish Drama, 1900-1980, and editor of Family Chronicles: Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent.
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Table of Contents


List of Figures     xi
Foreword     xiii
Preface and Acknowledgments     xv
List of Abbreviations     xix
Introduction: "obvious remarks"     1
The Dublin-Trieste Cradle: Delivery     16
Love, Marriage, and Moral Adjudication: "That high unconsortable one"     61
A Spoiled Priest: Wordsworth's Presence     108
Richard Wagner and Arthur Schopenhauer     144
Schopenhauer's Continental Progeny     172
Conclusion: An Occasion of Grace     209
Notes     217
Bibliography     229
Index     237
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