By Alan W. Friedman, Charles Rossman
Not like many contemporary Joyce experiences, De-familiarizing Readings eschews the theoretical and ideological and as a substitute vegetation itself on more impregnable floor. Its 8 extraordinary Joyce students proportion a love of the "stuff" of texts, contexts, and intertexts: facts and dates, foodstuff and garments, letters and journals, literary allusions, and different quotidian desiderata. Their inductive techniques - even if to Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses, or Finnegans Wake - are completely researched, argued with meticulous, even nit-picking, precision, and provide the gratifying interpreting adventure of forensic research. And finally they supply the delight of achieving persuasive conclusions that appear either remarkable and inevitable.
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Unfortunately for the innocency of this dream, the first association, under analysis, yields the recollection that yesterday a lady had confidentially confessed to him that her last child owed its existence to the splitting of a condom. . The condom is a “pullover” (Ueberzieher = literally pullover) for it is pulled over something: and Ueberzieher is the German term for a light overcoat. 8 In this case, Freud demonstrates how the young man man’s unconscious has substituted an overcoat for a far more threatening object, a condom.
Gabriel’s children, Tom and Eva, are mentioned by name and provide another layer of symbolic significance to the story. In the American novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriett Beecher Stowe depicts Uncle Tom, the compliant slave, acting as nursemaid to Eva St. Clare, a little white girl who dies (apparently of consumption, like Michael Furey), but wills that her father free all his slaves upon her death. A song written in 1853, “The Death of Little Eva and Uncle Tom” by Chas L. Bennison and Isaac N. Bonney, and dedicated to Harriet Beecher Stowe, includes the following lyrics: “Near the arbor in the garden stands the weeping willow, drooping o’er the mossy grave of Eva St.
S. Eliot and the nicknames “Tar Baby” and “Br’er Rabbit” for himself. 16. Though not always successful, the efforts of Br’er Rabbit made him a folk hero, but the character employs extreme measures to deal with extreme circumstances. Secondly, Br’er Fox is called to mind in “The Dead” when Gabriel recalls the vest that his mother made him with little fox heads on it; curiously, one of the Uncle Remus Tales (no. 4) is titled “How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. ” Does Molly trump Gabriel with her arguments?