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Before DaybreakAfter the Race and the Origins of Joyce's Art$
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Coilin Owens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042473

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042473.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Before Daybreak

Cóilín Owens

University Press of Florida

When “After the Race” was conceived, Edwardian Dublin had been for a century the center of colonial administration. On the verge of the electric and automobile age, it was host to a continuous ferment of nationalist agitation and a five-year continuum of nationalist centennial celebrations. Written in instinctive reaction to the arrival of the automobile and in the spirit of these celebrations, this minor work requires a considerable effort of “defamiliarization.” This book is at one stroke a scholarly study which serves as a comprehensive introduction to the Joycean universe. It argues that the effort to appreciate the historical and biographical circumstances under which the story was written and attend to its technique will uncover its deceptive simplicities and reveal its astonishing coherence, subtlety, complexity, and vision.

Keywords:   Edwardian Dublin, automobile age, 1898 Centennial celebrations, historicization, defamiliarization

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