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Thomas Jackson Rice

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032191

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032191.001.0001

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“Consumption, was it?”

“Consumption, was it?”

Joyce and Cannibalism

(p.1) 1 “Consumption, was it?”
Cannibal Joyce

Thomas Jackson Rice

University Press of Florida

This chapter is not concerned with the recoveries of the repressed to expose cannibalism and the near obsession the mass culture during the twentieth century. This chapter rather looks at James Joyce's tales and images of cannibalism within the cultural preoccupation of the literal and figurative anthropophagy. Cannibalism and the illustrations that represent such a concept were already pervasive in the late nineteenth century. And like many children, James Joyce was introduced to anthropophagy in the form of folklore and fairytales which are a genre invested in cannibalism. This chapter looks at the subtext of cannibalism present in Joyce's literature and works, from his Dubliners to hisFinnegans Wake wherein Joyce's psychic origins of his conception of art and artist can be examined and traced.

Keywords:   cannibalism, mass culture, James Joyce, anthropophagy, literature, folklore, fairytales, Dubliners, Finnegans Wake

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