Journey Westward: Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival by Frank Shovlin

By Frank Shovlin

Journey Westward means that James Joyce used to be drawn to the west of eire as a spot of authenticity and freedom. It examines how this acute sensibility is mirrored in Dubliners via a chain of coded nods and winks, posing new and revealing questions about probably the most enduring and resonant collections of brief tales ever written. The solutions are a fusion of heritage and literary feedback, using shut readings that stability the recommendations of realism and symbolism. the result's a startlingly unique learn that opens up clean methods of wondering Joyce’s masterpieces.

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Coincidentally, St Michan’s church is adjacent to the massive Jameson distillery, which was built in the late eighteenth century. Dudley, having established himself in St Michan’s in 1661, went on to expand his livings across Ireland and was the first of the Persses to acquire land in Galway, eventually becoming archdeacon of Tuam and dean of Kilmacduagh. The Persses remained, throughout their history in Ireland, strongly devoted to Protestantism and hostile to Catholicism. The last of the Galway Persses, Burton Walter (d.

Joyce’s decision to mention Nuns’ Island has, naturally enough, prompted several critics to a consideration of Christian symbolism. Marjorie Howes, for instance, sees it as a kind of opposite to the Aran Islands to which the Gaelic enthusiast Miss Ivors invites Gabriel in ‘The Dead’. 24 The choice of street name has also powerfully exercised the mind of Donald T. Torchiana in his intriguing collection of essays Backgrounds for Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’ (1986). He correctly points out that Nuns’ Island is so called because of the location there of a Poor Clare convent.

21 Though not correct on the precise location, Ellmann is right in thinking that Nora was sent to live with her grandmother and did not, for much of her Galway childhood, live in the family home. The Barnacle family moved around Galway a great deal in the early years of the marriage and of Nora’s youth, eventually settling in a little street across the Corrib from Nuns’ Island named Bowling Green. Nora’s mother, who spent much of the marriage separated from her husband, lived there from roughly 1896 to her death in 1939.

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