The entelechy of "Penelope" : the epiphany of the eternal in the temporal

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Sung-hae Suhr (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Watson

Abstract: By an entelechy we mean a completely realized actuality, and by an epiphany a sudden realization and at the same time manifestation of the entire anima (i.e. "soul") living in an object which we observe. This study proposes an examination of the final epiphany, the "Penelope" section, of Ulysses. A number of critical studies devoted to Joyce have agreed that "Penelope" is the epiphany of all that has happened in the book. However, estimates of what that epiphany ultimately does or what it epiphanizes--spiritually manifests--on the whole widely vary. As I find, mostly the critics are right always at one point and never at another. All of them suffer the chronic sickness in modern criticism, "dissociation of sensibility", and Chapter I of this thesis examines some of the symptoms and causes of this sickness. Chapter II considers, as an opposition to the dissociated sensibilities, Joyce's synthetic mind as we find in his making of "Penelope": the enormous synthetic power synthesizing an infinite number of various elements into a whole. Chapter III concentrates upon the entelechy of "Penelope", and inquires into what this entelechy finally achieves. The conclusion of this thesis identifies the final epiphany with a manifestation of the Creative God realized through this entelechy.

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Language: English
Date: 1970
Joyce, James, $d 1882-1941 $x Criticism and interpretation
Joyce, James, $d 1882-1941. $t Ulysses

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