Dante's "The Hermaphroditic Joyce"



One of the most powerful nuances of any writing is the dialogue within
the story. In literature, it is all too often that characters live only in
the jaded voice of the author and never truly develop as their own, or are
not strongly opinionated in a manner which contrasts the opinions of the
writer. It is also unfortunately true that the women depicted in most male-
authored literature do not often sound realistic, or how most women one
would speak to in the course of the day tend to sound. All too often, women
are depicted on a lower level of speech than men. For instance, Dickens and
Arthur Miller both apparently subscribed to this notion, as the women in
their stories were usually ...

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of time emits an apparently important and mysterious aura, the aura
of a woman. Judging from the studies of twentieth century linguists,
Joyce's brief representation of Dante through speech is nearly flawless. To
more lucidly understand this, one must carefully examine some of the
instances at which Dante speaks in her conversation with Mr. and Mrs.
Dedalus, Charles, and Mr. Casey, and re-examine the arguments she makes.
Dante is introduced into the dinner table conversation as a silent
character. However, when the men's conversation turns to the misuse of the
preacher's pulpit, Dante begins her interjections.

All too often, women in literature remain linguistically dormant unless
called upon, however, studies conducted in the reality outside the covers
of a book have shown that women will interrupt a conversation to contradict
a previous speaker, and do so vehemently (Coates, 193). A nice answer for
any man calling himself a catholic to give to his priest, (Joyce, ...

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