Masters Thesis

Campbell's monomyth, Joyce's aesthetics and a romantic reading of the Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses

Joyce’s writing has largely been associated with narrative irony. However, a romantic reading is possible aided by the ideas of Joseph Campbell and Sc hopenhauer. A romantic is one that uses the narrative pattern of romance: a questing hero successfully achieves his or her or goals, often with a psychological transformation, and the overall pattern affirms a positive moral order. An argument is made regarding Campbell’s ideas about myths being rewritten in a more accessible and meaningful way. Aspects from Greek and Gaelic myth can be found in both the Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses . The quest of Stephen Dedalus exemplifies Campbell' s ideas, which are strengthened with the ideas from Schopenhauer and Buddhist philosophy.

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