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James Joyce's Painful Case

Coilin Owen


In order to demonstrate that one story from the Dubliners is not only a turning point in that book but also a microcosm of a wide range of important Joycean influences and preoccupations, this study examines the dense intertextuality of “A Painful Case”. Assuming the position of the ideal contemporary Irish reader that Joyce might have anticipated, this book argues that the main character, James Duffy, is a “spoiled priest”, emotionally arrested by his guilt at having rejected the call to the priesthood. Duffy's intellectual life thereafter progresses through German idealism to eventual nihili ... More

Keywords: Dubliners, intertextuality, A Painful Case, nihilism, Christian belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813031934
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813031934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Coilin Owen, author