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Bloomsday 100Essays on Ulysses$
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Morris Beja and Anne Fogarty

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034027

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034027.001.0001

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Modernity and Its Discontents

Modernity and Its Discontents

Fashion and “My Girl's a Yorkshire Girl”

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(p.162) (p.163) 10 Modernity and Its Discontents
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Bloomsday 100
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Yu-chen Lin

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034027.003.0011

This chapter focuses on the material world of fashion and the import of the oft-cited music hall song “My Girl's a Yorkshire Girl.” It argues that the ironic transformation of the frugal, self-denying woman in this song into a prostitute in “Circe” provides an implicit commentary on the vicissitudes of colonialism. After examining the attire of many of the characters in Ulysses and their imperfect attempts to follow contemporary fashion, the chapter concludes that James Joyce depicts many of his central figures as both complicit with and resistant to consumerist modernity. Moreover, the economic plight of many of the prostitutes and the monetary worries of Molly Bloom lay bare the conditions of colonial subjects and highlight their penuriousness and struggles to survive.

Keywords:   Ulysses, James Joyce, fashion, music hall song, prostitute, Circe, colonialism, modernity, Molly Bloom, economic plight

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