Stephen Dedalus

Stephen Dedalus

Nameless Narrator at The Pornographer

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The act of leave-taking, of course, is one of the basic narrative themes in literature, from Daedalus the Greek to Stephen Dedalus the Dubliner, but the way the average Irishman (or Irishwoman) of a generation ago could never really just pull up stakes and go away, short of the total uprooting of emigration, comes up again and again in McGahern's work.The nameless narrator of The Pornographer, too, is caught in this paradox, but at least he ultimately finds his way to some kind of redemption, even if it's back to the less-than-ideal world of the Irish provinces.In the pornographic fiction he writes he creates a glittering ideal world of beach parties in Majorca and Pimm's Cup-sipping colonels and sexy tarts in fetching deshabille, but in real life he completely messes up his own involvement with an older woman who falls in love with him.In one of McGahern's signature contrasts, the poor fool's insensitivity to his lover is balanced by his affectionate efforts to make his aunt's slow and painful death tolerable by stoking the old lady with brandy from morning to night.

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hen teenage Stephen Dedalus finally writes a poem, Joyce makes sure it's a bad one.Stephen Dedalus emerged from a roiling world of sexual agony, religious alienation, and nationalist sentiment to vow that he would live in silence, exile, and cunning.I didn't want Wolff's narrator to do that exactly; but I did want to feel more compelled by the elements of class, ethnicity, and simple social awkwardness impinging on his maturation.

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Stephen DedalusGet rid of your debt. Legally!Stephen Dedalus is James Joyce's literary alter ego, as well as the protagonist of his first, semi-autobiographical novel of artistic existence A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and an important character in Joyce's monumental Ulysses.A number of critics, such as Harold Bloom have named a younger Stephen as the narrator of the first three stories in Dubliners.Stephen Dedalus also appears in Ulysses as a parallel to Telemachus and less overtly, Hamlet.As a character, Stephen seems to parallel many facets of Joyce's life and personality.As if to further corroborate this, Stephen's first name comes from the first Christian martyr and, in a curious juxtaposition, his surname refers to the mythological figure Daedalus, a brilliant artificer who constructed a pair of wings for himself and his son Icarus as a means of escaping the island of Crete, where they were imprisoned by King Minos (who contracted Daedalus to build a Labyrinth to contain the Minotaur).Some critics suggest that Stephen's surname also reflects the labyrinthine quality of Stephen's developmental journey in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.The choice to use the name Dedalus also represents Stephen's wish to "fly" away from the constraints of religion, nationality, and politics which he feels hold him back artistically. See also: More information may be found on the Wikipedia entry for Stephen Dedalus Note: this article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, which means that you can copy and modify it as long as the entire work (including additions) remains under this license.Wapipedia > Index > S > St > Ste > Stephen Dedalus

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