The Maiden and the Monstrance

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:
The Maiden and the Monstrance

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This chapter examines the influence of the Catholic service called benediction on the works of James Joyce. It suggests that benediction constituted for Joyce and other writers including Thomas Merton and F. Scott Fitzgerald an efficient, precise, and elegant practice by which individuals were led to focus their attention on themselves as subjects of desire. It also attempts to show how the political as well as the psychological pressures the devotion exerted seem to have become interanimated by the spiritualization and later the medicalization of female orgasm.

Keywords: benediction; James Joyce; Thomas Merton; F. Scott Fitzgerald; female orgasm

Chapter.  10427 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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