By James Joyce
The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin adolescence and early life, his quest for id via artwork and his sluggish emancipation from the claims of family members, faith and eire itself, can also be an indirect self-portrait of the younger James Joyce and a common testomony to the artist's 'eternal imagination'.
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The rising power of the middle class and its increasing control of the press were, for Benjamin, the key factors in the development of a “new form of communication” inimical not only to the oral tradition of the epic and folktale but also to the bourgeois narrative form which had already supplanted that tradition: the novel. ”36 What Benjamin chose to call die Information exhibited a distinct mode of social operation that he considered unique to the industrial phase of modernity: The intelligence [die Kunde] that came from afar—whether the spatial kind from foreign countries or the temporal kind of tradition—possessed an authority which gave it validity, even when it was not subject to verification.
The reform of postal communications in the midnineteenth century reverberates in Conrad’s Edwardian fiction partly because mid-century postal scandals were recapitulated as scandals of official information later in the century; the strange narrative fluidity of The Secret Agent—in which, as in the contemporaneous short story “The Informer,” phrases drift inexplicably between narrator and characters—and the problem, for its early critics, of its combination of literary presentation and sensationalist content, are explicable in relation to the same anxieties of information security that produced postal scandals and the institution of official secrecy.
90), seems clear on the matter, but it should be recalled that the Commissioner’s unwillingness to implicate the revolutionary Michaelis counteracts Heat’s over-hasty and unjust desire to have Michaelis arrested. The distinction between the official sphere and private life, the novel implies, is a fantasy: “No man engaged in a work he does not like can preserve SECRET AGENTS, OFFICIAL SECRETS 27 many saving illusions about himself. 97). The alliance between postal power and state surveillance is established, covertly, from the beginning of the novel.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (UK Edition) by James Joyce