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The IUP Journal of English Studies :
Trinity as Archetype: Joyce, Stephen, and Bloom
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The paper interprets two of the major works of James Joyce in the light of the existing autobiographical and biographical information on Joyce the man and the artist by expounding the expressive theory of art that the work of an author is the expression of his life, a theory Joyce attributes to Shakespeare in his novel Ulysses. It is by now an acknowledged fact that Joyce’s oeuvre is rooted in his life and times, and parallels and analogies have widely been drawn to drive this message home. Premising that Joyce’s life and work make one, the paper explores and elucidates the archetypal leitmotif of the blessed Trinity—God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—that predominates Joyce’s works A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses.

 
 
 

In today’s world, the writer, or any artist for that matter, makes more news than his work, and the critics and the media have made the author the focal point along with his work. The ever increasing biographical records and autobiographical pronouncements have been adding more knowledge to our repertoire, and readers can now pry into the life of an author too, to some extent, and construe his work vis-à-vis his life. Certainly, “the most obvious cause of a work of art is its creator, the author; and hence, an explanation of a work in terms of the personality and the life of the author has been one of the oldest and best established methods of literary study” (Wellek and Warren 1966).

 
 

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