“Alcoh alcoho alcoherently”

Vike Martina Plock

in Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034232
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038803 | DOI:
“Alcoh alcoho alcoherently”

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What James Joyce seemed to be most interested in, in writing Dubliners, is a diagnostic approach to the many ailments that paralyze his home town. To that purpose, Joyce's first book displays a wide variety of pathologies and illnesses and it is certainly no accident that the collection opens with a reference to a “third stroke.” However, as J. B. Lyons notes, drunkenness is identified as the predominant disease in the Hibernian metropolis. However the story that examines the effects of a drinking disorder in detail is “Counterparts.” Oppression and tyranny are central themes in “Counterparts.” Farrington, a copy clerk in a law firm, is enmeshed in the world of modern office politics that heartlessly mechanize human labor. Similarly, Joyce makes the oppressive dominance of English colonial power an important subtext of the story.

Keywords: James Joyce; Dubliners; third stroke; J. B. Lyons; drinking disorder; Counterparts; oppression; tyranny; human labor; colonial power

Chapter.  7848 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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