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Joyce's Misbelief$
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Roy Gottfried

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031675

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031675.001.0001

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Joyce's Misbelief

Joyce's Misbelief

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Joyce's Misbelief

Roy Gottfried

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses James Joyce's relation to religion by examining his misbelief. This chapter explores the misbeliever in Joyce, not because he was not a believer in the Catholic pieties, or an unbeliever of the rich complexities and intricacies of the religious thought and symbols, or an unbeliever of Catholicism, but a misbeliever who did not conform to the prescriptions of the popular belief and faith in Catholicism. While Joyce had a great respect for the Catholic Church, he was not a conformist who readily accepted the orthodox dogma and canons he learned as a youth, rather he challenged the canons from which Catholicism stands firm. This chapter looks at Joyce's misbelief wherein he explored the schisms in the church as venues for his artistic endeavours.

Keywords:   James Joyce, religion, misbelieve, misbeliever, Catholicism, Catholic Church, orthodox, dogma, schisms

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