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The Resource James Joyce & the burden of disease, Kathleen Ferris

James Joyce & the burden of disease, Kathleen Ferris

Label
James Joyce & the burden of disease
Title
James Joyce & the burden of disease
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Ferris
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "James Joyce's near blindness, his peculiar gait, and his death from perforated ulcers are commonplace knowledge to most of his readers. But until now, most Joyce scholars have not recognized that these symptoms point to a diagnosis of syphilis." "In what is sure to be a controversial work, Kathleen Ferris traces Joyce's medical history as described in his correspondence, in the diaries of his brother Stanislaus, and in the memoirs of his acquaintances, to show that many of his symptoms match those of tabes dorsalis, a form of neurosyphilis which, untreated, eventually leads to paralysis." "Combining literary analysis and medical detection, Ferris builds a convincing case that this dread disease is the subject of much of Joyce's autobiographical writing. Many of his characters, most notably Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, exhibit the same symptoms as their creator: stiffness of gait, digestive problems, hallucinations, and impaired vision. Ferris also demonstrates that the themes of sin, guilt, and retribution so prevalent in Joyce's works are almost certainly a consequence of his having contracted venereal disease as a young man while frequenting the brothels of Dublin and Paris." "By tracing the images, puns, and metaphors that occur in Ulysses and in Finnegans Wake, and by demonstrating their relationship to Joyce's experiences, Ferris shows the extent to which, for Joyce, art did indeed mirror life."--Jacket
  • "James Joyce's near blindness, his peculiar gait, and his death from perforated ulcers are commonplace knowledge to most of his readers. But until now, most Joyce scholars have not recognized that these symptoms point to a diagnosis of syphilis." "In what is sure to be a controversial work, Kathleen Ferris traces Joyce's medical history as described in his correspondence, in the diaries of his brother Stanislaus, and in the memoirs of his acquaintances, to show that many of his symptoms match those of tabes dorsalis, a form of neurosyphilis which, untreated, eventually leads to paralysis." "Combining literary analysis and medical detection, Ferris builds a convincing case that this dread disease is the subject of much of Joyce's autobiographical writing. Many of his characters, most notably Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, exhibit the same symptoms as their creator: stiffness of gait, digestive problems, hallucinations, and impaired vision. Ferris also demonstrates that the themes of sin, guilt, and retribution so prevalent in Joyce's works are almost certainly a consequence of his having contracted venereal disease as a young man while frequenting the brothels of Dublin and Paris." "By tracing the images, puns, and metaphors that occur in Ulysses and in Finnegans Wake, and by demonstrating their relationship to Joyce's experiences, Ferris shows the extent to which, for Joyce, art did indeed mirror life."--BOOK JACKET
Related
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ferris, Kathleen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6019.O9
LC item number
Z533378 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WZ 313
NLM item number
F394j 1995
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Joyce, James
  • Novelists, Irish
  • Syphilis
  • Sexually transmitted diseases in literature
  • Human body in literature
  • Syphilis in literature
  • Health in literature
  • Famous Persons
  • Literature
  • Syphilis
  • Romanciers irlandais
  • Syphilis
  • Maladies transmises sexuellement dans la littérature
  • Corps humain dans la littérature
  • Syphilis dans la littérature
  • Santé dans la littérature
  • Irland
Label
James Joyce & the burden of disease, Kathleen Ferris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [167]-178) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Epilogue: Dear mysterre Shame's Voice
  • Chronology of Joyce's Medical History
  • 1.
  • The Creative Daemon
  • 2.
  • The Wandering Jew in Ulysses
  • 3.
  • Epics of the Body
  • 4.
  • An Insectfable
Control code
30546562
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 182 pages
Isbn
9780813118932
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
94019905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1632238
Label
James Joyce & the burden of disease, Kathleen Ferris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [167]-178) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Epilogue: Dear mysterre Shame's Voice
  • Chronology of Joyce's Medical History
  • 1.
  • The Creative Daemon
  • 2.
  • The Wandering Jew in Ulysses
  • 3.
  • Epics of the Body
  • 4.
  • An Insectfable
Control code
30546562
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 182 pages
Isbn
9780813118932
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
94019905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1632238

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