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Title: Negotiating the global and the local in Joyce's Ulysses
Author: Yang, Yi-Ling
ISNI:       0000 0001 3574 442X
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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Taking its lead from the debates on the relationship between the global and the local in~? process of globalisation, this project attempts to examine how the two entities are deconstructed as non-contradictory and reconstructed as part of a continuum in Joyce's Ulysses. Rather than directly approaching the two concepts in terms oftheir roles in economy, politics and culture, the thesis focuses on Joyce's de-/ re- construction ofthem from different angles in his writing. His collapsing of the two entities will be investigated from three perspectives: the narrative voices in 'Cyclops' and 'Ithaca,' the economy of advertising, and the role ofthe Catholic Church and Catholicism in Joyce's Dublin. The Introduction briefly revieyvs debates on globalisation and explains how they initiate possibilities ofreading Joyce in terms of the global and the local. Chapter Two deals with Joyce's questioning of the validity of an absolute local voice in 'Cyclops' and of an absolute global voice in 'Ithaca,' and suggests that he sees them in a complementary and continuous relation instead. The third chapter looks at the practice of the two voices in the economy of advertising, and explicates how the local voice ofIrish consumers and the global voice ofthe capitalist economy are involved in a process of negotiation. Chapter Four investigates the both global and local entity, the Catholic Church in Ireland, and suggests that for Irish nationalists and Joyce the Church gives a political counterweight to the British Empire, and Catholicism provides Joyce with an intellectual counterweight to his English writing ofIreland. The Postscript's self-reflection about this project enables a concluding retrospection ofthe previous chapters. It studies how the local voice ofTaiwanese readers converges on and diverges from the global voice ofthe Joyce industry. Moreover, the translation and reading ofJoyce in Taiwan evince something that could possibly be called the universal that Joyce's writing aims at.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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