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Catholic Nostalgia in Joyce and Company$
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Mary Lowe-Evans

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032856

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032856.001.0001

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The Papal Bulls Enlist the Dumb Ox

The Papal Bulls Enlist the Dumb Ox

(p.28) 1 The Papal Bulls Enlist the Dumb Ox
Catholic Nostalgia in Joyce and Company

Mary Lowe-Evans

University Press of Florida

This chapter provides a comprehensive treatment of the Catholic crisis in modernism that shaped James Joyce's mind and works. It proposes that the prescribed Catholic practice of scrupulously examining one's conscience by recalling the details and occasions of one's past sins inspired Joyce's penchant for digging up and redressing even painful and apparently abhorrent memories. It suggests that from his earliest stories to his critical writings to Finnegans Wake Joyce responds to the initiatives taken or papal bulls issued during the pontificates of popes Pius IX, Pius X, and Benedict XV to stem the tide of antiauthoritarianism challenging the church's position as both religious and political institution.

Keywords:   James Joyce, Catholic crisis, papal bulls, antiauthoritarianism, church, Finnegans Wake

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