Unfolding The Irish Selves In “The Dead”
The small size and geographic location of Ireland has always been an influential factor to negotiate its identity specifically in relation to Britain and Europe in the East and America in the West. Traditionally, it has done so by projecting an image of itself, on the one hand, as a modern, dynamic society (in the direction of Europe) while, on the other, as an idyllic, prelapsarian culture unsullied by modernity (in the direction of America). The tension between these two discourses of national identity also characterize the literary culture of early twentieth-century Ireland. The purpose of this study is to unfold two threads in the text which, on one hand, represents Irishness alongside other political aspects of identity while the second is concerned with unsettling of the personal identity of Joyce.
Keywords- Joyce, İdentity, Nationality