Ulysses and Joyce

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Special thanks.

This year I had the opportunity to study abroad for three months. I stayed in Dublin, a city were one of the most important modernist writers was born: James Joyce.

Thanks to the Erasmusprogramme I could go over there to explore ‘James Joyce City.’ I found lots and lots of interesting material, and could linger in the streets were Joyce lingered when he was only a little boy…

It is logical that I have chosen Dubliners as topic for my final thesis. With this thesis I will guide you through the works of the modernist Joyce, with special emphasis on his short story collection (or novel?) Dubliners.

I will be your guide through James Joyce’s Dublin and through the different magnificent short stories.

I hope you enjoy my thesis.

Special thanks to the librarian of the Mater Dei Institute Dublin, my promoter Miss Wendy Van Humbeeck and my family.

I want to dedicate this final thesis to my mother, who always supported me and my dreams, even through her illness. I am sure she looks over my shoulder and that she will keep on guide me. Hopefully I can make her dreams come through.

For my mother.

Table of contents.

1. Biography of James Joyce

2. Introduction and motivation: short story collection or novel?

3 Dubliners: the novel.

1. analysis of major characters

2. key facts

3. general motives, themes, symbols

4. Dubliners: the short stories. Stages of life?

PART I ‘Childhood’

1. ‘The Sisters’

1. reading

2. notes

3. story character list

4. story analysis

5. focus on Dublin

2. ‘An Encounter’

1. reading

2. notes

3. story character list

4. story analysis

5. focus on Dublin

3. ‘Araby’

1. reading

2. notes

3. story character list

4. story analysis

5. focus on Dublin

PART II . ‘Adolescence’

4. ‘Eveline’

1. reading

2. notes

3. story character list

4. story analysis

5. focus on Dublin

5. ‘ After the Race’

6. ‘Two Gallants’

4.7 ‘The Boarding House’

PART III ‘Maturity’

8. ‘A Little Cloud’

1. reading

2. notes

3. story character list

4. story analysis

5. focus on Dublin

9. ‘Counterparts’

4.10 ‘Clay’

4.11 ‘A Painful Case’

PART IV ‘Public Life’

4.12 ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’

4.12.1 reading

4.12.2 notes

4.12.3 story character list

4.12.4 story analysis

4.12.5 focus on Dublin

4.13 ‘A Mother’

4.14 ‘Grace’

15. ‘The Dead’

4. Methodology part

6 James Joyce’s Dubliners (bijlage)

7 Bibliography

Preface.

My main goal for this thesis about James Joyce’s Dubliners, was to answer a range of questions. The most important question, however, was; should we consider Dubliners as a short story collection or merely as a novel? In other words; was it James Joyce aim to write a collection of short stories or should we look deeper and understand that Dubliners is merely a rich novel, complete with motives, themes and symbols?

First, I had to answer this question before I could investigate any material involving James Joyce’s Dubliners. The question was not easy to answer. I had to read lots of books before I had an idea of what was Joyce’s aim. However, after a while, Joyce answered the question himself. Through letters he wrote to his publishers, he stated clearly that Dubliners was a novel, and not a short story collection!

Then, I will give you some facts about the life and works of James Joyce. I found lots of facts, but my main goal was to give you some interesting, and sometimes even shocking details about the man’s...
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