Title

From “Between” to “And”: The Global Humanities in Joyce and Beckett

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2016

Publication Source

The International Journal of Literary Humanities

Volume

14

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

31-38

Publisher

Common Ground Research Networks

Place of Publication

Champaign, IL

ISBN/ISSN

2327-7912

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

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.

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

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