From “Between” to “And”: The Global Humanities in Joyce and Beckett
The International Journal of Literary Humanities
Common Ground Research Networks
Place of Publication
The epistemology of dualism has informed the construction of dichotomies and differences in cultural discourses for a long time. Interestingly, such construction is often, though not always, indicated by the preposition “between” that signifies separation. In their writings about Ireland, Joyce and Beckett seek to deconstruct dualism by illustrating the pitfalls of radical provincialism on the one hand and by envisioning global humanities often indicated by the conjunction “and” that signifies addition, rather than separation, on the other. Drawing on the concept of universal identity developed by Levi-Strauss, Gunn, Hassan, and Jung, we offer a new reading of both authors’ representation of “global citizen” in such figures as Wellsley, Conroy, and Shuah.
English Language and Literature
Lidan Lin and Xuemei Zhang (2016).
From “Between” to “And”: The Global Humanities in Joyce and Beckett. The International Journal of Literary Humanities.14 (2), 31-38. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks.