The “Nightmare of History” in James Joyce’s Ulysses
AbstractThe majority of readers of James Joyce’s Ulysses tend to associate its most famous line, “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake,” with Stephen Dedalus’s intention in The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to overcome his past of rigid national and religious tradition. While this meaning is immediately present in the quote, a closer reading of the text suggests a far more ambitious–and perhaps even vain–impetus behind the identification of history as a nightmare. Additionally, just as the most popular reading has an autobiographical dimension–in which Joyce himself seeks to transcend his own tutelage–so does the alternate reading I present in this essay have implications for both Dedalus and Joyce.
How to Cite
RECORD JEHL, Roby Evan. The “Nightmare of History” in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 9, aug. 2013. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://vurj.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/3766>. Date accessed: 19 june 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v9i0.3766.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus, James Joyce
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