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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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The Infernal

The Infernal

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Before Daybreak

Cóilín Owens

University Press of Florida

From folkloric, theosophical, Pauline, and Dantean perspectives, “After the Race” interrogates various claims of access to “the hidden mysteries of nature.” Its resemblance to the Irish folktale, “Jemmy Doyle and the Fairy Palace,” argues that it is a version of the Celtic bruidhean [hostel] tale type. Further, its septenary design suggests that it is a parody of the literalized spiritual accountancy of contemporary Hermeticism. The constellation of the themes of avarice, hope, resurrection, and betrayal support the contention that the story has an affinity with the Christian visions of St. Paul and Dante.

Keywords:   St. Paul, Dante Alighieri, Irish folklore, Theosophy, bruidhean tale

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