Dying to Know

Sara Crangle

in Prosaic Desires

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640850
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651955 | DOI:
Dying to Know

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This chapter takes a look at James Joyce's first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Stephen Hero, its earlier draft. Here, the protagonist wishes to overcome his wilful self by fully knowing the world around him, which ends in an epiphanic theory. The discussion then examines Virginia Woolf's own version of the epiphany, or the ‘moments of being’, which is less absolute than Joyce's.

Keywords: wilful self; James Joyce; Virginia Woolf; epiphanic theory; moments of being

Chapter.  19193 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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