Abstract

Narratives of the returning dead recur in Ulysses and in Finnegans Wake, but it is easy to forget the extent to which their presences are apprehended in Dubliners. Literal accounts of the returning dead are there too, but, curiously, the reading experience itself is strangely haunted. In this essay, I consider the variety of ways in which the dead are "present" in the tales but suggest they are not necessarily easy to understand. Indeed, the texts do not seek to "explain" such moments at all but to present them as unsettling and irreducible fea­tures of reading Dubliners altogether. I include here an analysis of the possibility of ghostly returns in "The Dead" and consider "Eveline" as a story in which, remarkably, the living and the dead are inter­fused. The central claim of this essay is that ghostly elements are not understood but felt in these stories.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1938-6036
Print ISSN
0021-4183
Pages
pp. 445-456
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-06
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.