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Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

Catherine Driscoll

in Modernist Cultural Studies

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034249
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038421 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034249.003.0003
Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

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This chapter focuses on the intersection of two objects — James Joyce and adolescence — to show how the significance of their conjunction is best understood through a model of modernism that exceeds Modernism and encompasses the emergence of cultural studies. It shows that Joyce studies effectively constitutes its own field within modernist studies and that youth studies effectively constitutes its own field within cultural studies. Offering a new perspective on the importance of adolescence to Joyce's fiction, a new context for cultural studies' ongoing obsession with youth, and a new argument for the importance of youth to modernity's investment in the contemporary, intersecting Joyce and adolescence also provides another perspective on not only the modernism of cultural studies, but also how cultural studies might understand modernism. First, the chapter considers a proposition that draws these threads together: namely, that adolescence is a modernist invention.

Keywords: James Joyce; modernism; adolescence; cultural studies; youth studies; fiction; youth; modernity; contemporary

Chapter.  8522 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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