Close Encounters

Karen R. Lawrence

in Who's Afraid of James Joyce?

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034775
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038612 | DOI:
Close Encounters

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In this chapter, the metaphor of hospitality functions explicitly and provides the operating principle for acts of inclusion and exclusion, both formally and thematically in Joyce's and other modernist texts. Hospitality is a subject of particular currency in theory, criticism, and, indeed, politics today, for it is a discourse of how a society regulates its interactions with its others: immigrants, aliens, enemies, and animals. This chapter in Joyce's book steps back to look at Joycean hospitality and its implications for questions of inclusion and exclusion in modernist texts. Linking formal boundary drawings in these texts with socially symbolic identifications and exclusions, the chapter explores the interpenetration of the living and the dead in “The Sisters” and “The Dead.”

Keywords: hospitality; Joyce; immigrants; aliens; enemies; animals

Chapter.  6422 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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