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Stately, plump Oliver Gogarty sits down in 1921 to read the mammoth novel that his erstwhile friend and roommate has at last completed, and against all odds published. He is understandably disturbed and surprised by what he finds. For one, his friend, whom has refused contact for fifteen years, begins his groundbreaking work by painting a picture of Buck Mulligan, a thinly disguised cover for Gogarty. In it he is transformed from a responsible, conceited medical student to the height of insensitivity and betrayal. His inconsideration ranges from the minor, when he commandeers Stephen s handkerchief to wipe his shaving razor clean, to the major, when he refers to Stephen s recently deceased mother as “beastly dead.”' He unarguably retains his roguish and irreverent charm, both with his mock mass in the midst of shaving, and his Ballad of the Joking Jesus.”^ But the chapter is colored by the polaric interplay between Stephen Quiet, intellectual, and taken advantage of, and Buck ^parasite, betrayer, and heretic. The book is Ulysses, and the erstwhile friend is none other than James Joyce.
Shanafelt, Andrew, "The Realism of James Joyce: Autobiography, Intertextuality, and Genius" (2004). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 281.
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Joyce, James, 1883-1941--Criticism and interpretation
student projects; term papers
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