A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Scarlett Baron

in ‘Strandentwining Cable’

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693788
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732157 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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Chapter 3 examines Flaubertian intertextuality in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It considers references to Flaubert’s letters in the novel (with a particular focus on Stephen’s borrowed analogy between the artist and the God of Creation) and argues that although Stephen Dedalus may be wrestling with something resembling Harold Bloom’s ‘anxiety of influence’, Joyce himself had already, even at this relatively early stage in his writing career, come to see his relationship to Flaubert as a matter of playful engagement rather than of rivalrous angst. It also considers Joyce’s engagement with Flaubert’s Tentation de saint Antoine, the likely connection between the contrapuntal structures of A Portrait and L’éducation sentimentale (whereby characters alternate between states of exhilaration and disillusionment), and both authors’ cultivation of effects of contrast and simultaneity.

Keywords: appropriation; forgery; plagiarism; author-god; impersonality; homosexuality; originality; creation

Chapter.  10477 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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