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Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce$
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Agata Szczeszak-Brewer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035390

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035390.001.0001

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Teleology without a Telos?

Teleology without a Telos?

Constitutive Absence in Joyce’s Pilgrimage

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(p.118) 6 Teleology without a Telos?
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Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce
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Agata Szczeszak-Brewer

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035390.003.0007

The chapter studies Joyce's handling of pilgrimage in his texts. James Joyce, through his texts, portrays that the modernist pilgrims have to acknowledge the absence of form and should keep pursuing the empty center. As per Joyce the pilgrims need to find solutions for making their lives easier, for transforming themselves into vagabonds, tourists, or players. Though this unstable world makes it very easy to adopt and change ones' identities but it is not an effective strategy for shifting power structures and institutionalized concerns.

Keywords:   James Joyce, pilgrimage, modernist pilgrims, empty center, vagabonds, tourists, players, power structures

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