Entries Tagged as 'Joyce'

Note-taking for week 13

November 14, 2009 by rebekahyeo · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In the first presentation, we attempted to define nationalism in general and determine which sort of nationalism it is which Stephen advocates. The presenters defined nationalism as “the assertion by members of a group of autonomy and self-government for the group’s solidarity and brotherhood in the homeland, and of its own history and culture, seeing […]

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Note-Taking for Joyce (Jessica)

November 13, 2009 by jessicasee · Comments Off · Uncategorized

We had two presentations yesterday; we talked about language in Joyce as a tool of re-appropriation. The result of re-appropriating the English language, through deconstruction (and taking quotes out of context as Michelle mentioned) is to create an artist’s ownership of it. Most importantly, this ownership (as painted/achieved by the artist) belongs to the artist […]

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Notes and such for 12th November

November 12, 2009 by danielsoh · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In today’s class, the first presentation regarding Ireland and nationalism framed the subsequent presentations and discussions adequately. Michelle suggested in her presentation that Joyce’s work contrasted with the notion that nationalism is part of a natural progression following colonialism and decolonialisation. Joyce’s work instead presents nationalism as an assertion of individuality which is a culmination […]

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The Intellectual Exile

November 11, 2009 by RUSSELL DOMINIC TAN WEN YI · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Stephen’s decision to exile himself from Ireland “to forge in the smithy of [his] soul the uncreated conscience of [his] race” (276) got me thinking of Edward Said’s Representations of the Intellectual, where he devotes a chapter entitled “Intellectual Exile: Expatriates and Marginals” to discuss the predicament of the intellectual exile. In it, Said differentiates […]

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Subjectiveness and Irony in Joyce

November 5, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Portrait is an interesting text because it melds together both English “empire” (in Ireland), and the idea of a Bildungsroman. What I like most about this is the fact that it is so subjective. First, the title of the text betrays that it is only “a” portrait (as opposed to being “the” portrait for example). […]

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Ego credo Joyce’s work est simpliciter atrox, bloody atrox.

November 5, 2009 by danielsoh · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I tend to become very excited for various reasons when talking about Ireland. For one, they have leprechauns and the fey, we have… Well. We have the Merlion. They have the internationally-acclaimed Riverdance (how Irish it is exactly leaves much to be debated, but for purposes of argumentation, bear with me), we have Riverfest. And as […]

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Divided Families, Divided Selves, Divided Ireland

November 5, 2009 by RUSSELL DOMINIC TAN WEN YI · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Personally, I feel that Jackson’s comment that “British imperial rule in nineteenth-century Ireland generated a political culture where families might be divided through their Irish or imperial allegiance” (136) resonates with Portrait’s depiction of the predicament Stephen and his family find themselves in. As already mentioned in Caroline’s post, the Christmas family dinner scene highlights […]

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My Literary Bildungsroman

November 4, 2009 by ritchellchoong · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

When I read Portrait for the first time in another class (I was year 2 then), I remember that the thing which stuck with me most was the idea of Stephen being stuck in an impasse because in as much as he wanted to “fly by those nets” (220) cast upon him by his national […]

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