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Dogsbody “Marys” His Mother

Mary Lowe-Evans

in Catholic Nostalgia in Joyce and Company

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032856
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032856.003.0003
Dogsbody “Marys” His Mother

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This chapter provides a detailed analysis of James Joyce's Catholic nostalgia, particularly his returns to bittersweet memories of his Catholic mother as well as his repeated invocations of intellectually provocative Catholic doctrines. It discusses Joyce's abiding interest in the Catholic version of the soul's existence and immortality as evidenced by his study of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Reverend Michael Maher's Psychology. It also highlights Joyce's womb fixation and mother/Mary identification.

Keywords: James Joyce; Catholic nostalgia; mother; Catholic doctrines; soul; immortality; Thomas Aquinas; Michael Maher; womb fixation

Chapter.  10392 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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