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Foundational Essays in James Joyce Studies$
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Michael Patrick Gillespie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035291

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035291.001.0001

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The Liturgy of the Epiphany Season and the Epiphanies of Joyce

The Liturgy of the Epiphany Season and the Epiphanies of Joyce

(p.24) 1 The Liturgy of the Epiphany Season and the Epiphanies of Joyce
Foundational Essays in James Joyce Studies

Florence L. Walzl

University Press of Florida

The chapter focuses on the importance of the word epiphany so frequently used by James Joyce in his short stories. The basic meaning of epiphany in Greek as έπιφάνεια is appearance or manifestation, and this word is related to a verb meaning to display or show forth and in the passive and middle voice to shine forth. The cyclic pattern of seasons in the Church year and its planes of symbolic meanings and correspondences are the two prominent aspects of liturgy which appear to have affected Joyce's writing greatly. In Dubliners, the narratives resemble the liturgical epiphanies. The Epiphany sequence influenced Joyce's concept of the literary epiphany and as a result his short story technique. Joyce's use of God, Bible, and saint analogies (or inversions) in his characterizations are a result of his awareness of the liturgical types.

Keywords:   epiphany, short stories, cyclic pattern of seasons, liturgy, liturgical epiphanies, narratives, Dubliners

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