“Consumption, was it?”

Thomas Jackson Rice

in Cannibal Joyce

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032191
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038810 | DOI:
“Consumption, was it?”

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This chapter is not concerned with the recoveries of the repressed to expose cannibalism and the near obsession the mass culture during the twentieth century. This chapter rather looks at James Joyce's tales and images of cannibalism within the cultural preoccupation of the literal and figurative anthropophagy. Cannibalism and the illustrations that represent such a concept were already pervasive in the late nineteenth century. And like many children, James Joyce was introduced to anthropophagy in the form of folklore and fairytales which are a genre invested in cannibalism. This chapter looks at the subtext of cannibalism present in Joyce's literature and works, from his Dubliners to hisFinnegans Wake wherein Joyce's psychic origins of his conception of art and artist can be examined and traced.

Keywords: cannibalism; mass culture; James Joyce; anthropophagy; literature; folklore; fairytales; Dubliners; Finnegans Wake

Chapter.  10983 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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