Title

James Joyce: From Hero to Author of the Bildungsroman

Abstract

When James Joyce went to Paris as a young man in 1902, he followed a narrative arc fundamental to the European Bildungsromane. Comparing Joyce’s motives and decisions with those of his fictional predecessors in novels by Stendhal, Honoré de Balzac, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and others, I argue that he acted at first as an unwitting and unreconstructed hero of the genre but that, as he wrote the last two stories for Dubliners in 1906-1907, he earned greater perspective over his life and writing. Little Chandler, Gallaher, and Gabriel Conroy proved to be especially important catalysts for a Joyce in evolution from hero to author of his own Bildungsroman.

Publisher

University of Tulsa

Publication Date

Spring 1-1-2012

Publication Title

James Joyce Quarterly

Department

Comparative Literature

Additional Department

English

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1353/jjq.2012.0057

Keywords

Authors, Irish--20th century--Biography, Joyce, James, 1882-1941, Bildungsromans--History and criticism

Language

English

Format

text

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