Abstract

Abstract:

For decades, the man in the macintosh has remained one of literary modernism’s most enduring enigmas. This study applies the occult theories of the Society for Psychical Research—and specifically Edmund Gurney’s concept of the phantasm—to elucidate the ghostly figure in Ulysses. Not only does a psychical reading of M’Intosh as a telepathic hallucination provide fresh insights into his famously indeterminant identity, but it also highlights a mystico-scientific structure traversing much of the text. Joyce’s engagement with esoteric science thus suggests a paranormal thematic that resonates with the latent supernaturalism of his larger oeuvre and the burgeoning critical discourse around occult modernism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1938-6036
Print ISSN
0021-4183
Pages
pp. 347-369
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-01
Open Access
No
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