Teleology without a Telos?

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:
Teleology without a Telos?

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The chapter studies Joyce's handling of pilgrimage in his texts. James Joyce, through his texts, portrays that the modernist pilgrims have to acknowledge the absence of form and should keep pursuing the empty center. As per Joyce the pilgrims need to find solutions for making their lives easier, for transforming themselves into vagabonds, tourists, or players. Though this unstable world makes it very easy to adopt and change ones' identities but it is not an effective strategy for shifting power structures and institutionalized concerns.

Keywords: James Joyce; pilgrimage; modernist pilgrims; empty center; vagabonds; tourists; players; power structures

Chapter.  12666 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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