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Joyce and Jung

The «Four Stages of Eroticism» in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man</I>

Hiromi Yoshida

Joyce and Jung offers a provocatively original chapter-by-chapter analysis of Stephen Dedalus’ psychosexual growth in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The author frames this within the Jungian soul-portrait gallery known as the «four stages of eroticism» in which Eve, Helen, Mary, and Sophia are the soul-portraits of Western civilization, drawing the collective eros into the psychic field to be witnessed as universal spectacle. In James Joyce’s twentieth-century classic, Stephen’s soul-portraits are the mother, the prostitute, the Virgin Mary, and the Bird-Girl.