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Title: Same People, Different Places. Foucault’s Heterotopia and the Nation in Joyce’s Ulysses
Authors: Knight, Kelvin
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citation: Kelvin Knight, "Same People, Different Places. Foucault’s Heterotopia and the Nation in Joyce’s Ulysses", in: Prospero. Rivista di Letterature e Culture straniere, XVII (2012), pp. 219-238.
Series/Report no.: Prospero. Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali
XVII (2012)
Abstract: James Joyce’s Ulysses features a large number of the spaces that Michel Foucault refers to as heterotopias, places which are said to exist in reality, but which are somehow outside of all space, such as the library, the cemetery, and the brothel. However, despite much critical attention, the heterotopia remains notoriously ill-defined. This essay looks to explain some of the inconsistencies that exist in Foucault’s writings on the subject by restoring the concept to its literary origins, and to subsequently address the importance of these sites to Joyce’s understanding of the Irish nation, and the concept of nationhood in general. It is my contention that the heterotopia is primarily a textual concept, and that by employing it Joyce manages to undermine the seemingly well-defined topography of his novel, as well as the notion of a united Ireland.
ISSN: 1123-2684
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