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A Cohesive Presence

The Girl Image as Subtext in James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'


Klara Weiss-Balla

This study deals with the girl characters in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It presents a close reading of the references to these figures with special attention to the word stock of the relevant text fragments. The examination reveals a great number of recurrent lexical and structural elements. They combine the individual fragments into one cohesive subtext that conveys a coherent girl image.
Contents: The girl figures of A Portrait in literary criticism - The girl figures, «radiation», and cohesion - The girl image and subtext - The girl image and the major themes.