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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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Robert Emmet Centennial

Robert Emmet Centennial

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Before Daybreak

Cóilín Owens

University Press of Florida

“After the Race” commemorates the Rebellion of 1803. It tours the sites of the hero's futile rising and execution, cites his famous speech, and honors his final request: that he be remembered in a charitable silence. The announcement of dawn with which the story ends is a refurbishment of a trite figure from the attic of Irish nationalist symbolism. A survey of the contemporary uses of this symbol sets forth how Joyce appropriates it and how this story adumbrates its development in the “Telemachus” episode of Ulysses and its full efflorescence in the ricorso of Finnegans Wake.

Keywords:   Robert Emmet, Speech from the Dock, dawn, “Telemachus”, ricorso

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