A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical novel by James Joyce. The story describes the formative years of the life of Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology, Daedalus. A novel written in Joyce's characteristic free indirect speech style, A Portrait is a major example of the Künstlerroman (an artist's Bildungsroman) in English literature. Joyce's novel traces the intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions with which he has been raised. He finally leaves for abroad to pursue his ambitions as an artist. The work is an early example of some of Joyce's modernist techniques that would later be represented in a more developed manner by Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The novel was ranked by Modern Library as the third greatest English-language novel of the 20th century.
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  • By Cygnus Digital
    Oct 12, 2016
    We can read A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man as a prequel to Ulyssess but if we reject for a while first associations then what's left ? An intimate, inner portrait of a young man who attempts to define himself as a man and an artist. If we read it this way - then it is simply an universal story about the torments of adolescence and search for his own identity, his own voice. Stephen Dedalus, overwhelmed by Irish God-and-Homeland tradition, is suffocating by provincialism of late 19th-century Ireland. Ireland, living in the shadow of England, faced with poverty, also and perhaps above all else , poverty and narrowness of mind. Stephen, shown from an early age,in the family home, a Jesuit school, in college, is trying to get rid of all the historical baggage. All these precepts to be a good son, student, to love God and country. But a man’s country comes first. Ireland first, Stevie.You can be a poet or or a mystic after. Stephen, layer by layer throws out inhibiting him bonds... More > of family, religion and nation , aware that sometimes would fall, painstakingly forges his self.Chooses loneliness and voluntarily condemns himself to exile, to find that kind of life, knowledge or art, which would allow him to express himself most fully. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake, and perhaps as long as eternity too. Agnieszka Apr 20, 2014< Less
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Green King Press
January 14, 2013
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