By Joyce, James; Knowles, Sebastian David Guy; Joyce, James; Owens, Cóilín
Joyce’s “After the Race” is a likely uncomplicated story, traditionally unloved via critics. but whilst magnified and dismantled, the tale yields brilliant political, philosophic, and ethical intricacy.
In Before Daybreak, Cóilín Owens indicates that “After the Race” is far greater than a narrative approximately Dublin on the time of the 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup Race: in truth, it's a microcosm of a few of the problems so much imperative to Joycean scholarship.
those concerns contain large-scale ancient concerns—in this situation, radical nationalism and the centennial of Robert Emmet’s uprising. Owens additionally explains the transitority and native concerns mirrored in Joyce’s language, association, and silences. He lines Joyce’s narrative strategy to classical, French, and Irish traditions. also, “After the Race” displays Joyce’s inner clash among emotional allegiance to Christian orthodoxy and modern highbrow skepticism.
If the dawning of Joyce’s singular energy, variety, subtlety, and studying could be pointed out in a doubtless simple textual content like “After the Race,” this research implicitly contends that any Dubliners tale might be mined to bare the intertextual richness, linguistic subtlety, parodic brilliance, and cultural poignancy of Joyce’s paintings. Owens’s meticulous paintings will stimulate readers to discover Joyce’s tales with a similar scrutiny to be able to understand and have fun with how Joyce writes.
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Yet this deeply depressed colonial outpost close to the heart of the Empire was making preparations to entertain a lavish international sports event. World Fairs, international festivals, and industrial exhibitions were offering better prospects for international trade, culture, industry, and political relations. The 1900 Olympics in Paris had been a great success (but by the time Joyce wrote “After the Race,” the St. Louis Olympics—August 29 to September 3, 1904—had not). ” The highlight of the summer season in Dublin’s parks and gardens was the annual Mirus Bazaar.
It carried illustrated reports of big-game hunting, accounts of colonial exotica, and near escapes from extraordinary natural hazards, wild beasts, and truculent natives. With the commercialization of the automobile (only for the very rich), descriptions of high-speed adventures riding atop of one of these machines were added to the catalogue of sensational stories of physical thrills, spills, and dangers. In September 1902, Strand Magazine ran an article entitled “Automobilism” (320–27) that set forth “the infirmities of motor-cars and the foibles of those who drive them” (320).
This is supported by the sequence of Pauline themes of avarice, Christian hope, and resurrection threading the story under the titular allusion to Saint Paul’s boast of his faithful apostleship, “I have run the race” (2 Timothy 4: 7). These themes, along with that of betrayal, appear simultaneously in Canto 34 of Dante’s Inferno. When Villona announces the dawn, he is thereby analogously signaling the conclusion of the night of the Inferno, and figuratively playing the part of Virgil to the bewildered pilgrim, Dante.