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James Joyce, Misunderstanding, and the City of Refuge

Kevin BARRY
The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
Vol. 35, No. 2 (Fall / Automne 2009), pp. 42-47
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41415000
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James Joyce, Misunderstanding, and the City of Refuge
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Abstract

The essay analyzes the constructive role of misunderstanding in Joyce's writings: misunderstanding as a pre-condition for recognition, in all instances whether public, intercultural or intimate. The essay proposes that the city in Joyce, always a complex space of misunderstandings and accommodation, acquires its cosmopolitanism from the several cities that provided the Joyce family with asylum. Dublin, in the fiction of Ulysses, places the municipal in opposition to the national, the city in opposition to the state, and thereby provides an emblem of the City of Refuge. Cet article analyse le rôle constructif du malentendu dans les écrits de Joyce: le malentendu en tant que condition requise pour la reconnaissance sous toutes ses formes, qu'elle soit publique, interculturelle ou intime. Cet article avance l'idée selon laquelle la ville chez Joyce, comprise comme un espace toujours complexe de malentendu et de compromis, acquiert un caractère cosmopolite. Ce trait lui est conféré par les différentes villes qui ont offert un toit à la famille Joyce. Dans le roman U/ysses, en opposant le municipal au national, la ville à l'état, Dublin devient le symbole de la Ville du Refuge.

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