Becoming-Animal in the Epiphanies: Joyce Between Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • Katherine Ebury


This chapter attempts to achieve a more effective balance between Joyce’s fictional and non-fictional work by offering a reading of a single aspect of the epiphanies, the presence of animals within them, in the light of the theme of this volume and within a Deleuzian theoretical framework of becoming. It argues that it is the unfinished, evolving, and liminal status of the epiphanies, rather than their more stable position in an archive of Joyce’s writings, that gives them most power. The overall approach will show that Joyce dramatises his creative achievements and impasses through the representation of animals far beyond the familiar “Icarus/bird-man” and “bird-girl” tropes of Portrait.

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  • Katherine Ebury
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  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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