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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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Rhetoric—Modern and Classical

Rhetoric—Modern and Classical

(p.178) 6 Rhetoric—Modern and Classical
Before Daybreak

Cóilín Owens

University Press of Florida

Chapter 6 offers an analysis of the rhetorical dimensions of the story. While “After the Race” is superficially a parody of popular sports and adventure journalism, its design and discursive style derive from Joyce's schooling in the elements of classical literature and rhetoric. A careful analysis of the structure, narrative style, and management of voices demonstrates how, for the beginning of his writing career, Joyce is a sophisticated rhetorician. His subtle handling of free indirect discourse, figurative language, chiasmus, anticlimax, and silence document his early experimentalism. Joyce's debt to classicism is documented by his management the mythological parallels between the plot and characterization in the story and Ovid's account of the fall of Phaethon.

Keywords:   journalism, classical rhetoric, modern rhetoric, free indirect discourse, chiasmus, anticlimax, Phaethon

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