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By Joseph Valente

This is often the 1st full-length learn of James Joyce to topic his paintings to moral and political research. It addresses vital concerns in modern literary and cultural experiences surrounding difficulties of justice, in addition to discussions of gender, homosociality, and the colonial . Valente's concentration alternates among the main points of Joyce's language and the biographical and sociohistorical contexts that tell his writing, with specific cognizance paid to questions of race and gender.

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His collegiate essay "Drama and Life" explicitly assimilates the goal of Irish cultural autonomy with the values of a radical Enlightenment dramaturgy: Drama will be for the future at war with convention, if it is to realize itself truly... drama of so wholehearted and admirable a nature cannot but draw all hearts from the spectacular and the theatrical, its note being truth and freedom in every aspect. It may be asked what we are to do, in the words of Tolstoi. First, clear our mind of cant and alter the falsehoods to which we 36 James Joyce and the problem of justice have lent our support.

73 This variable split of fundamental law with the finality of justice received further impetus from the catastrophic potato famine. In 1850, a priest in County Clare succinctly summarized what had now become the prevailing attitude in the Irish Catholic countryside: "My advice to you is to throw over altogether the legal rights of the landlords and seek for your just rights and not your legal rights. I would not give anything for the landlords' legal rights but to tell you to throw them over altogether.

They wished to restore the "moral economy" of landlord-tenant rights and obligations recently eroded by the modern British doctrine of property rights. That is to say, they counterposed an ideal rule of equity, what I have called the equity of law, to the existing rule of equity, equity under British law. To achieve their ends, they established alternative legal codes, alternative means of enforcement, and even alternative judicial rituals. R. F. Foster's description of their program denotes its relevance for our discussion: They were part of an underground that had learned not only to separate the formal laws from popular notions of legitimacy, but also how to impose an alternative discipline through intimidation.

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