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Rediscovering Mrs. Kearney: An Other Reading of "A Mother"

Sherrill Grace
The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jul., 1988), pp. 37-44
DOI: 10.2307/25512724
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25512724
Page Count: 8
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Rediscovering Mrs. Kearney: An Other Reading of "A Mother"
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Abstract

This paper provides a feminist reading of James Joyce's story "A Mother." To date, Joyce's critics have tended to denigrate the character of Mrs. Kearney for reasons not substantiated by the text. By paying close attention to details of language and narrative structure, however, it can be demonstrated that Joyce's text is both more subtle and less sexist than critics have allowed. /// Cet article étudie la nouvelle de James Joyce, "Une Mère," selon une perspective féministe. Jusqu'à present, les critiques de Joyce ont eu tendance à dénigrer le personnage de Mme. Kearney pour des raisons non justifiées par le texte. Pourtant, en étudiant avec soin les particularités de la langue et de la structure narrative, il est possible de montrer que le texte de Joyce est à la fois plus nuancé et moins sexiste que ne le pensent les critiques.

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