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Liminality and the Epiphanic Spectrum in Joyce’s Dubliners and Mistry’s Tales from Firozsha Baag

Daniela Janes et Daniela Janes
p. 237-256

Résumé

En proposant une lecture parallèle de Tales From Firozsha Baag de Rohinton Mistry et de Dubliners de James Joyce, cet article soutient que la forme narrative liminale du cycle de nouvelles apporte un corrélatif structurel à la figure joycienne de l’épiphanie. Cet article identifie les croisements entre le « seuil » et l’épiphanie, clarifiant des connections pour les lecteurs, qu’ils soient enchâssés ou extérieurs. Le « seuil » peut être perçu comme une caractéristique formelle du cycle de nouvelles soulignant l’expérience du lecteur lorsqu’il négocie les intervalles entre les nouvelles d’un cycle ; tandis que le spectre épiphanique (en tant qu’alternative au moment épiphanique) nous permet d’aborder le dynamisme propre au registre épiphanique dans le cadre des conditions génériques spécifiques de la série de nouvelles.

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Studied authors :

James Joyce, Rohinton Mistry

Extrait du texte

Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en mars 2018.

Plan

The Short Story Cycle and the Epiphanic Spectrum
Thematic Thresholds: Literal and Metaphoric Negotiations
Formal Thresholds: Epiphanies, Gaps, Codas
Conclusions: Negotiating Closure

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The short story cycle is inclined, by its very form, to an exploration of liminality. Its structure reminds readers at each break in the text that they are passing a threshold from one self-completing narrative to another. While the short stories in the cycle gain additional resonance from their position within a sequence, and the text as a whole may build towards thematic cohesion, at a formal level the short story cycle is punctuated by its gaps. The reader’s movement through the white space between stories is a corollary to the various physical and metaphoric thresholds encountered by characters within the text. A central liminal experience in much short fiction is the Joycean epiphany, the revelatory instant in which characters’ perception of themselves or their position in the world is transformed. However, when the epiphany is understood not as an instantaneous transitional moment but rather as a gradual accumulation of awareness, and thus process-driven, it has additional cor...

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Daniela Janes et Daniela Janes, « Liminality and the Epiphanic Spectrum in Joyce’s Dubliners and Mistry’s Tales from Firozsha Baag », Journal of the Short Story in English, 66 | 2016, 237-256.

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Daniela Janes et Daniela Janes, « Liminality and the Epiphanic Spectrum in Joyce’s Dubliners and Mistry’s Tales from Firozsha Baag », Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 66 | Spring 2016, mis en ligne le 01 mars 2018, consulté le 22 août 2017. URL : http://jsse.revues.org/1705

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Daniela Janes

Daniela Janes teaches a course on the Short Story Cycle at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she also teaches twentieth-century Anglo-American literature and Canadian literature across its history and in a range of genres, including a specialized course in the Canadian Short Story. She has published articles in Studies in Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature, and Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature.

Daniela Janes

Daniela Janes

Daniela Janes teaches a course on the Short Story Cycle at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she also teaches twentieth-century Anglo-American literature and Canadian literature across its history and in a range of genres, including a specialized course in the Canadian Short Story. She has published articles in Studies in Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature, and Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature.

Daniela Janes

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