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Celebrating the Sacred in Ordinary Life

James Joyce and the Renaissance Magus


Tom Absher

This book is an introductory examination of the Hermetic tradition in the Renaissance and how James Joyce made use of certain of its salient features in his four works of fiction: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. This book makes a useful contribution to literary studies of Joyce’s work as well as introductory cultural studies of the Hermetic tradition, its philosophy and important figures, like Marsilio Ficino and Giordano Bruno.

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CWThe Critical Writings of James Joyce, ed. Ellsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1989.

D Dubliners. New York: The Modern Library, 1956.

FW Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking Press, 1939, 1958. References are by page and line number.

JJ Ellmann, Richard. James Joyce. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

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