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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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“Mr. Berlicche and Mr. Joyce”

“Mr. Berlicche and Mr. Joyce”

Language as Comestible

(p.45) 3 “Mr. Berlicche and Mr. Joyce”
Cannibal Joyce

Thomas Jackson Rice

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses Joyce's conception of language as an arbitrary axiomatic system as amplified and reinforced by his experiences as a teacher in the Berlitz schools of Pola and Trieste. This chapter takes a closer look at the Joycean Method, wherein Joyce as an author is seen as a teacher and his readers subsume the role of a student. In addition, it looks at the great impact and influence of his teaching stint in his works and literature wherein his experience as a Berlitz teacher created an impact on his culminating work of fiction upon his realization of the arbitrary nature of linguistic sign. As he has arrived at his conception of language from his intellectual training and his experience as a teacher, he incorporated both the “high” culture of world literary tradition invoking the epic journey of Odysseus for the title of his book and invoking the popular music hall song for the title of another book to create fictions that cannibalize worlds as well as words.

Keywords:   language, axiomatic system, Berlitz schools, Joycean Method, linguistic sign, teacher, Odysseus, music hall song

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