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Dubliners

Scarlett Baron

in ‘Strandentwining Cable’

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693788
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732157 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693788.003.0003

Series: Oxford English Monographs

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Chapter 2 is devoted to a close intertextual reading of both authors’ collections of stories, Trois Contes (1877) and Dubliners (1914). The argument focuses on the word ‘gnomon’, which famously appears in italics in the opening paragraph of Joyce’s collection, and which affiliates it to Flaubert’s short story, ‘Hérodias’, in which it also features. The use of this rare word is read as a gesture of acknowledgement on Joyce’s part, indicating a subtle but extensive semantic, thematic, symbolic, and structural intertextuality between his and Flaubert’s short stories. The chapter also considers Joyce’s response on a technical level, exploring the modes of his elaborations on Flaubert in such areas as the splicing of the realistic and the symbolic, the blurring of the boundaries between the static and the dynamic, and the deployment of cinematographic writing.

Keywords: realism; gnomon; geometry; impersonality; self-consciousness; photographic writing; cinematographic writing; irony; reversibility

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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