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Title: EcoUlysses : nature, nation, consumption
Author: Lai, Yi-Peng
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 1040
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This study focuses on the relationship between environment, history, politics, and rhetorical discourses in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Delving into different aspects of Joyce’s use of nature and linguistic discourses in orchestrating a specific dynamic of eco-politics, this thesis adopts an interdisciplinary approach that includes cultural politics, historiographical poetics, genetic criticism along with close reading of the text. The project is thematically divided into two main sections. The first section addresses the environmental questions of land and consumption through discussions on co-operative politics, garden city movement, and the eco-politics of waste. The second section of the thesis moves to examine the diverse ways in which nature and nation are (re)imagined exemplarily in Joyce’s composition of the tree wedding ceremony (in Chapter 12 of Ulysses) and the marketplace. I argue that, composed intertextually with a wide range of literary, historical, and contemporary resources, Joyce’s writing of nature deserves an interdisciplinary eco- political reading to be more appropriately comprehended in ecocriticism and Joycean studies. By looking closely into several thematic environmental issues addressed in Ulysses with the evidence of historical and archival resources, this study has demonstrated that Joyce is after all a writer with the environment in mind, and that the imagination of nature in Ulysses is inseparable from that of the emergent nation of fin-de-siecle Ireland.
Supervisor: Litvack, Leon ; Caraher, Brian Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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