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Who's Afraid of James Joyce?$
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Karen R. Lawrence

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034775

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034775.001.0001

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Joyce and Feminism

Joyce and Feminism

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Who's Afraid of James Joyce?

Karen R. Lawrence

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on Woman as “other,” in its examination of the “compromising letters” Joyce writes to and about women in his fiction and personal letters. Joyce and feminism—a difficult conjunction, a seemingly forced connection between a man who is quoted as saying, “I hate women who know anything” and a movement that applauds women's intellects and rights. This would be the view of some feminists who see misogyny expressed in Joyce's representation of female characters. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, for example, view Molly as “a choice of matter over mind.” They regard Woman in Joyce as confined to her body, excluded from the production of culture. In short, and in pun, they “refuse to be Mollified” by “feminologist re-Joyceings”; they castigate those women critics who see in Joyce's subversion of social and literary conventions a natural alliance with feminism.

Keywords:   compromising letters, Joyce, feminism, Sandra Gilbert, Susan Gubar, Molly

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