De-familiarizing Readings: Essays from the Austin Joyce by Alan W. Friedman, Charles Rossman

By Alan W. Friedman, Charles Rossman

Not like many fresh Joyce experiences, De-familiarizing Readings eschews the theoretical and ideological and in its place vegetation itself on less attackable floor. Its 8 amazing Joyce students percentage a love of the "stuff" of texts, contexts, and intertexts: information and dates, meals and garments, letters and journals, literary allusions, and different quotidian desiderata. Their inductive techniques - no matter if to Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses, or Finnegans Wake - are completely researched, argued with meticulous, even nit-picking, precision, and provide the satisfying examining event of forensic research. And finally they supply the delight of attaining persuasive conclusions that appear either awesome and inevitable.

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Freddy is a comically awkward character in the manner of a jumping Jim Crow, with his bronchitic laugh and unsteady movements. Ironically, in the minstrel shows, the Jim Crow character is a buffoon who often speaks the truth; Freddy may represent this character when he comments innocently about the Negro chieftain’s grand voice in the panto. And Molly Ivors has “a crow to pluck” with Gabriel. As the story moves to Part II, an Olio performance structure emerges as Mary Jane performs her academy piece, while Gabriel glances up at a Shakespeare scene.

19 The story mentions offhandedly that Tom uses a green eyeshade to protect his eyes. The historic figure who famously used a green eyeshade was Lord Horatio Nelson, whose pillar stood (until 1966) in front of the General Post Office in Dublin, another reminder of British imperialism along with the Wellington monument in Phoenix Park (mentioned twice in the story) and the statue of Uncle Billy (William of Orange). Nelson had a special eyeshade built into his naval hat by Locks the Hatter to protect his good (left) eye from the sun.

While the extent to which Joyce might have been familiar with either the slave literature such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin or the children’s literature at the turn of the century is uncertain, his knowledge 20. N. Foulis, 1911) in his Trieste library, though it included no pictures of Nelson. See Michael Patrick Gillespie, James Joyce’s Trieste Library: A Catalogue of Materials at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin (Austin: Harry Ransom Center, 1986), p. 164. 42 of the world would surely have included at least passing familiarity with these genres.

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