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Sebastian D.G. Knowles

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056920

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056920.001.0001

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The True Story of Jumbo the Elephant

The True Story of Jumbo the Elephant

(p.89) 4 The True Story of Jumbo the Elephant
At Fault

Sebastian D.G. Knowles

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 takes as its point of departure one single line from the “Cyclops” section of Ulysses about an elephant called Jumbo. It follows Jumbo the elephant through a thicket of cultural history in the 1880s to discover the elephant as a symbol of imperial ambition, of the carnivalesque and the tragic, of a Victorian age. The approach to Jumbo the Elephant reveals a way in to Joyce through exhumation, through the recovery of a world that has been lost, just as Ulysses is a recovery of a pre-war world.

Keywords:   Jumbo the Elephant, “Cyclops”, Ulysses, Victorian age, imperialism, cultural history, carnivalesque

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