Will They or Won’t They?

  • Peter Kuch


Bloom’s is a shared dilemma for during the long night of 17 June, between justifying her adultery and devising ways to restore her marriage, Molly toys with the idea of divorce. Granting her the final voice in Ulysses emphasizes the significance Joyce attributed to the gender politics of modern marriage, the emerging equality of the sexes under the law, and the way divorce fostered agency and freed women from the stigma of being regarded as property. As the “guilty party” it might be thought Molly cannot petition for divorce, yet there are legal precedents for counsel to argue that her adultery cannot be proven, or that Bloom has conduced or connived in it, or that his depriving her of consortium constitutes a justifiable defense.


Conjugal Relation Gender Politics Justifiable Defense Sole Witness Divorce Decision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Kuch
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  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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