Pythagorean Cosmology in The Dead

  •  Shenghua Yang    


James Joyce is one the most influential writers in the 20th century. The Dead is the last, the synthesis and climax of Joyce’s Dubliners. Critics have made researches in detail on the artistic features and the theme of The Dead from different points of view such as historicism, colonialism, psychoanalytical criticism, feminist criticism and narratology. Very few critics have noticed the influence of Pythagorean Cosmology in Joyce’s works, though it is prevailing in The Dead. This article analyses The Dead written by James Joyce from new perspectives of music and space based upon Pythagorean Cosmology, and explores the peculiar and rich content of music and space in Joyce’s works. The finding of the application of music and space in The Dead will be helpful to highlight the aspects which we may have overlooked and add a new dimension to interpret The Dead.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4768
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4776
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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