James Joyce and Victims: Reading the Logic of Exclusion

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Power, Religion, and Victimage in Ulysses

Look to this day, For it is life, The very life of life. In its brief course lie all The realities and verities of existence, The bliss of growth, The splendor of action, The glory of power—

For yesterday is but a dream And tomorrow is only a vision. But today, well lived, Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

Sanskrit Proverb

A COMPREHENSIVE NARRATIVE OF 16 JUNE 1904 AND OF THE COMMUnity Irish citizens achieve via modes of alternative resistance, Ulysses includes some of the jealousies, sexualities, bodily functions, ideologies, nationalisms, and intellectual pursuits characterizing human experience and subjectivity. Scores of Dubliners, not one of whom garners the respect of an entire nation or occupies a position of cultural importance—Leopold and Molly Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, Simon Dedalus, Martin Cunningham, Jack Power, Professor MacHugh, J. J. O'Molloy, Ned Lambert, Myles Crawford, Nosey Flynn, Lamppost Farrell, Josie Powell, Denis Breen, Mina Purefoy, Buck Mulligan, Lenehan, Corley, Bob Doran, Tom Kernan, and countless others—interact within Ulysses' eighteen episodes in ways that reveal virtually every aspect of life in early twentieth- century Dublin. In its "excess of design, ” 1Ulysses addresses issues of power and empowerment, agency and action, while the individ

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