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Joyce's Misbelief
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Joyce's Misbelief

Roy Gottfried


This book takes a different approach to the study of James Joyce's relation to religion by examining his “misbelief” rather than the “disbelief” so many scholars claim he professed. The book argues that Joyce in fact had a great deal of respect for the Catholic Church though he did not accept the orthodox dogma he learned as a youth. Instead, Joyce was most interested in actual schisms that challenged the authority and universality of Catholic dogma. This focus on schism is most readily evident in the book's analysis of Joyce's use of key Christian, though not Catholic, texts. It explores Joyc ... More

Keywords: James Joyce, Catholic Church, orthodox, dogma, schisms, Christian, Protestant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813031675
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813031675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy Gottfried, author
Vanderbilt University

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