James Joyce

Valentine Cunningham

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

James Joyce

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This article compares James Joyce's work as a supersaturation: the excessive adding of an element to a liquid, going further than is strictly necessary, a severely overdone baptism. Joyce's texts come soaked in religion, supersaturated indeed in the specifically Christian, the Roman Catholic, the Irish Roman Catholic – an awesomeness of detailing, all the more obsessive as these writings' bulk expanded in an almost overwhelming exuberance of Catholicized baroque. While looking at his works, particularly in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, the discussion notes that Joyce's fiction, his fabulation, his textuality, and his poetics are shaped by an usurping, heretic, father-killing, word-colonizing metamorphosis.

Keywords: supersaturation; Christianity; Irish Roman Catholic; Catholicized baroque; Ulysses; Finnegans Wake

Article.  12960 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion

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