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Before Daybreak: After the Race and the Origins of Joyce's Art

Coilin Owens

Abstract

“After the Race” registers James Joyce's personal anxieties and rivalries on the verge of his emigration from Dublin. In the figure of Villona, the detached and gifted musician, Joyce sketches his first self-portrait, heralding the dawn of his own literary career as “the poet of my nation.” The story reflects the radical nationalist perception articulated by Arthur Griffith that the staging the Gordon Bennett Cup Race and King Edward VII's visit in July 1903 were both designed to upstage the centennial celebration of Robert Emmet's rebellion. The story allegorizes these Anglo-Irish tensions wi ... More

Keywords: Robert Emmet, François Villon, Arnold Dolmetsch, Theosophy, Arthur Griffith, Great Game, Villona, political allegory, Gordon Bennett Cup, King Edward VII's visit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813042473
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042473.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Coilin Owens, author