“A free lay church in a free lay state”

Agata Szczeszak-Brewer

in Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035390
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038933 | DOI:
“A free lay church in a free lay state”

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The chapter explores Joyce's texts and analyzes the subjects of cosmogonic discourse and sacred secularism in his community. Joyce's texts, with the help of their reflection of modernist obsession with fragmentation of space, depict not only artificial binarisms inbuilt in colonial as well as religious hegemony but also as an attempt for reclaiming national identity in colonial Ireland as modern forms of a cosmogonic drive.

Keywords: James Joyce; cosmogonic discourse; sacred secularism; artificial binarisms; religious hegemony; colonial Ireland

Chapter.  12271 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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