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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 Maiden and the Monstrance

The Maiden and the Monstrance

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Catholic Nostalgia in Joyce and Company

Mary Lowe-Evans

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the influence of the Catholic service called benediction on the works of James Joyce. It suggests that benediction constituted for Joyce and other writers including Thomas Merton and F. Scott Fitzgerald an efficient, precise, and elegant practice by which individuals were led to focus their attention on themselves as subjects of desire. It also attempts to show how the political as well as the psychological pressures the devotion exerted seem to have become interanimated by the spiritualization and later the medicalization of female orgasm.

Keywords:   benediction, James Joyce, Thomas Merton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, female orgasm

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