Abstract (Summary)
This dissertation consists of two parts: a collection of original poetry entitled Home Truths, and a critical essay entitled "Exploring Technical Difficulties: A Reader's Negotiation with the Stylistic Innovations of Ulysses, Episode 12." Home Truths, a four-part sequence of lyric and narrative poems, is based on people and events in the author's family. Part I records the author's memories of conflict between his father and members of his mother's family. Part II, based on letters and photographs, documents the decisions which led to the conflict, while Parts III and IV attempt an imaginative reconstruction of the events themselves, as well as the central characters' responses to them. The principal theme of the poems is the gap between received cultural roles and lived experience - gaps which are filled, not always successfully, by the improvising of new roles and responses. In addition, since the crucial events took place before the author was born, his effort to posit and examine a web of likely (but never verifiable) circumstances, misunderstandings, and emotions, becomes an important subsidiary theme of the sequence. The article, "Experiencing Technical Difficulties," discusses the technical innovations of Ulysses, Episode 12, specifically exploring the implications for the novel (and for its readers) of the alternation between first-person narration and the numerous parodic set-pieces.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:home truths family history james joyce ulysses poetry


Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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