Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use (for details see www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 January 2019

“The True Purefoy Nose”

“The True Purefoy Nose”

Medicine, Obstetrics, and the Aesthetics of Reproduction in “Oxen of the Sun”

(p.68) 4 “The True Purefoy Nose”
Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity

Vike Martina Plock

University Press of Florida

James Joyce's aesthetic interest in medicine becomes very apparent in the “Oxen of the Sun” episode. This chapter, which Joyce wrote between February and May 1920, cultivates associative readings of the text as a National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street and indirectly indicates the birth of Mortimer Edward Purefoy. It is the first time, therefore, that Joyce chooses a medical institution as a geographic backdrop for an episode. Both the Linati schema and the Gilbert-Gorman plan also designate “medicine” as the episode's art and “the womb” as its organ. Joyce also suggested that the episode's individual parts are linked “with the natural stages of development in the embryo and the periods of the faunal evolution in general.” It has therefore been suggested that “Oxen” adopts Ernst Haeckel's recapitulation theory. In this theory, Haeckel proposed that the fetus in its embryonic development parallels and repeats the evolutionary progress that produced the human race.

Keywords:   James Joyce, Oxen of the Sun, National Maternity Hospital, Mortimer Edward Purefoy, Linati schema, Gilbert-Gorman plan, medicine, womb, Ernst Haeckel, recapitulation theory

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .