Abstract

Abstract:

Despite their common turn to Greek heroism as a heuristic for grasping the woes of modern life, and despite their overlapping reflection on the precariousness of Jewish identity, James Joyce and Hannah Arendt have never been thoughtfully studied side-by-side. The comparison offered in this essay shows that Arendt's distinction between the Jew as pariah and as parvenu can illuminate the banter that Barney Kiernan's pub fosters around Leopold Bloom as well as the mute violence he faces as he enters and eventually emerges from the pub transformed or, depending on how we take the final words of "Cyclops," transfigurated.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1938-6036
Print ISSN
0021-4183
Pages
pp. 295-314
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-10
Open Access
No
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