By Cóilín Owens
Joyce's "After the Race" is a possible basic story, traditionally unloved via critics. but whilst magnified and dismantled, the tale yields unbelievable political, philosophic, and ethical intricacy.
In earlier than first light, Cóilín Owens exhibits that "After the Race" is way greater than a narrative approximately Dublin on the time of the 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup Race: in fact, it's a microcosm of a few of the problems so much significant to Joycean scholarship.
These concerns comprise large-scale ancient concerns--in this situation, radical nationalism and the centennial of Robert Emmet's uprising. Owens additionally explains the transitority and native matters mirrored in Joyce's language, association, and silences. He strains 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 strength, variety, subtlety, and studying could be pointed out in a likely undemanding textual content like "After the Race," this examine implicitly contends that any Dubliners tale may be mined to bare the intertextual richness, linguistic subtlety, parodic brilliance, and cultural poignancy of Joyce's artwork. Owens’s meticulous paintings will stimulate readers to discover Joyce's tales with an identical scrutiny with a purpose to understand and savour how Joyce writes.
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More than two thousand policemen were drafted in to marshal the racecourse: posted at crossings, they closed off the roads dedicated to the race, and saw to it that farm animals and domestic fowl were kept off. Passing through towns, the cars had to slow down, traveling behind bicycles to comply with the 12 mph speed limit. Boosters and Skeptics Irish press reaction to the approaching automobile age and the announcement that Ireland would host the 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup Race was, from the beginning, mixed.
These fellows, he concludes, have minds that are “brutal and low” (CDD 107). ” We get a crude preview of this in Joyce’s report on Fournier, when he expresses his disdain for the ostentatious bourgeoisie represented by this ill-mannered lout who kept his visitor waiting hours: “people of leisure” indeed! 6 He therefore adopted a careless and arrogant attitude toward his subject (Ward, 31), describing Fournier as slowwitted, monosyllabic, and self-absorbed. The editors at the Irish Times must, therefore, have received Joyce’s report with mixed feelings, since they printed a leader the same day that observed: “[t]he race is now one of the chief topics of conversation in Dublin.
In having Villona announce the dawn, Joyce is refurbishing a trite symbol from the attic of Irish nationalist symbology. A survey of the contemporary uses of this symbol sets forth how Joyce appropriates it and how this story adumbrates its development in the “Telemachus” episode of Ulysses and its full efflorescence in the ricorso of Finnegans Wake. Chapter 6, “Rhetoric—Modern and Classical,” turns to an analysis of the rhetorical dimensions of the story. While it is superficially a parody of popular sports and adventure journalism, its design and discursive style derive from its author’s schooling in the elements of classical literature and rhetoric.