The Concept of Artistic Paternity in “Scylla and Charybdis”

  • Daniel R. Schwarz


To suggest his own biographical relationship to Ulysses Joyce has Stephen propose his expressive theory of the relationship between Shakespeare’s art and life. What makes Shakespeare a man of genius is that he encompassed in his vision “all in all in all of us” (U.213; IX.1049–50). Joyce recreates Shakespeare according to his own experience of him and thus becomes the father of his own artistic father and the artist whose imagination is so inclusive and vast that it contains the “all in all” of Shakespeare plus the very substantial addition — or, in current terminology, the supplement — of his own imagination. Like Joyce, Shakespeare used the details of everyday life for his subject: “All events brought grist to his mill” (U.204; IX.748). The major creative artist discovers in his actual experience the potential within his imagination: “He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible” (U.213; IX.1041–2).


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© Daniel R. Schwarz 1987

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  • Daniel R. Schwarz
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  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA

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