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The Dialectics of Sense and Spirit in Pater and Joyce
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Modernist scholars have written a handful of comparative studies on Pater and Joyce. Frank Moliterno's The Dialectics of Sense and Spirit in Pater and Joyce is the first book-length exploration into the aesthetic development of these writers that underscores the importance of Pater in Joyce's works. Much of Pater's and Joyce's aesthetics evolves from the dialectical tension between the sensual and the spiritual. The Paterian-Joycean syntheses of basic antinomies--religion and sensuality, empiricism and idealism, Aristotelian mimesis and aestheticism--result in kindred theories of art. Moliterno's close analysis of how these syntheses emerge informs our reading of both writers in new ways. His highly readable account of the intellectual affinity between the two authors searches their relationship and Joyce's potential debt to Pater. In four main chapters Moliterno discusses the transition of Pater and Joyce from priests to artists and the parallel ways they portray this process in fiction; traces the Paterian elements of the aesthetics of Stephen Dedalus and of the mature Joyce; compares Pater's epiphanies with Joyce's to reveal how Pater helped shaped the Joycean epiphany; and analyzes the similar epistemologies behind the development of Pater's and Joyce's aesthetics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. A Note On Primary Texts
  2. pp. x-x
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  1. Chapter 1. Making Connections
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. Chapter 2. The Secular Religion
  2. pp. 25-56
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  1. Chapter 3. Stephen's Aesthetics and Pater
  2. pp. 57-84
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  1. Chapter 4. Joyce's Epiphanies & Pater
  2. pp. 85-123
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  1. Chapter 5. "Solider Aristotle": Paterian & Joycean Epistemology
  2. pp. 125-143
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  1. Chapter 6. Conclusion
  2. pp. 145-149
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 151-171
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  1. lndex
  2. pp. 173-180
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 192-192
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