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The Deconstruction of Maturity in Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the use of irony in Joyce’s Portrait, claiming that it has the effect of deconstructing common notions of maturity that are engrained within the Bildungsroman tradition, and that this was Joyce’s intention. In Portrait, irony plays the role of psychological reality, undercutting Stephen’s unrealistic expectation to see his life follow a traditional path of teleological progression. This essay proceeds by looking at the novel’s symbolic, thematic and literary cues, as well as through an analysis of its structure, and Stephen’s psychological and behavioral tendencies throughout the novel. This interpretation of the irony as bearing deconstructive meaning comes from the essay adopting a static, as opposed to a kinetic, apprehension of Stephen in Portrait. 

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2014. , 22 p.
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Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus, irony, psychological realism, Bildungsroman, maturity, teleology, deconstruction, static apprehension.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113427OAI: diva2:785005
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-01-31 Last updated: 2015-12-04Bibliographically approved

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