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Title: Acts of injustice and the construction of social reality in James Joyce's Ulysses
Author: McGahon, Mark James Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 2027
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis looks at discursive conflicts in James Joyce’s Ulysses. By using the theories of the French philosopher, Jean-Francis Lyotard, and his work on conflicts between phrases, the thesis analyses how characters are silenced because of such conflicts. Silence not only points, according to Lyotard, to feelings of injustice. It is this silence, Lyotard argues, which intimates the existence of differends. This thesis concentrates on how Ulysses depicts the creation of such injustices as lead to differ ends. It examines the extent to which constructions of, and assumptions about, social realities perpetrate unpresentable injustices. With this in mind, five episodes are analysed as indicative of the whole: ‘Nestor’, ‘Hades’, ‘Cyclops’ ‘Circe’, and ‘Penelope’. Each chapter concerns itself with a different type of injustice and differ end, from the religious differe nd affecting Leopold Bloom in ‘Hades’ to the sexual differend affecting Molly Bloom in ‘Penelope’. The aim of this is not only to show that anticipatory intimations of Lyotard’s concept of the differend can be seen in Ulysses, but to argue that the main characters - Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom, and Molly Bloom - are not the only characters to be silenced because of the assumptions of others. Rather, silence is a common occurrence for other characters in the book who respond to assumptions about social narratives in variously effective ways. As such, acts of injustice will be shown to pervade the book and affect a range of characters.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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