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Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity$
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Vike Martina Plock

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034232

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034232.001.0001

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Alcoholism and Doubling in “Counterparts”

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Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity
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Vike Martina Plock

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034232.003.0003

What James Joyce seemed to be most interested in, in writing Dubliners, is a diagnostic approach to the many ailments that paralyze his home town. To that purpose, Joyce's first book displays a wide variety of pathologies and illnesses and it is certainly no accident that the collection opens with a reference to a “third stroke.” However, as J. B. Lyons notes, drunkenness is identified as the predominant disease in the Hibernian metropolis. However the story that examines the effects of a drinking disorder in detail is “Counterparts.” Oppression and tyranny are central themes in “Counterparts.” Farrington, a copy clerk in a law firm, is enmeshed in the world of modern office politics that heartlessly mechanize human labor. Similarly, Joyce makes the oppressive dominance of English colonial power an important subtext of the story.

Keywords:   James Joyce, Dubliners, third stroke, J. B. Lyons, drinking disorder, Counterparts, oppression, tyranny, human labor, colonial power

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