“After the Race” is at once true to objective experience but also evinces historical, mythological, and anagogical dimensions. It is singularly personal while also drawing sustenance from the mainstream of the cultural tradition of Ireland which is at once mythological, folkloric, national, and Catholic. From the start, Joyce is writing by the “gold standard” set by Dante: responsive to the classical and popular imaginative traditions of European and Irish culture, he is at once parochial and cosmopolite.
Keywords: Dante Alighieri
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