Scarlett Baron

in ‘Strandentwining Cable’

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

Series: Oxford English Monographs


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Chapter 5 comprises three sections and focuses on Joyce’s engagement with Flaubert in Ulysses. The first section registers the marks of Joyce’s reading of Flaubert’s Tentation de saint Antoine. It looks in detail at Joyce’s references to a cluster of third- and fourth-century church heresiarchs in the light of Flaubert’s grouping of the same three figures in La Tentation, before examining Joyce’s transformative appropriations of La Tentation in ‘Circe’. The second section aligns the ‘citizen’ of ‘Cyclops’ with ‘le Citoyen’ in L’éducation sentimentale, suggesting that both characters embody their authors’ sceptical evaluation of some of the political and philosophical offshoots of the Enlightenment. The third section explores the intertextual relations between Bouvard et Pécuchet, the Dictionnaire des Idées Reçues, and the ‘Eumaeus’ and ‘Ithaca’ episodes of Ulysses, showing that these texts portray blind belief in facts and the catalogability of knowledge as a bourgeois perversion of Enlightenment intellectual ideals.

Keywords: heresy; heresiarchs; hallucination; theatricality; intertextual conflation and dissemination; citizenship; nationalism; republicanism; Enlightenment; encylopaedia; facts and knowledge; bourgeois ideology

Chapter.  36351 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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