Date

1969

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

James R. Frakes

Abstract

A promising approach to the enigma of Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses seemed available in the late romantic "Thomistic" aesthetic developed in Joyce's novels and criticism. In this view, the art object is the intellectual transformation of perceptions by a classical temper placing an absolute aesthetic distance between creator and creation. This study applies this theory to Joyce's characterization of Stephen by listing and evaluating its objective elements - Stephen's actions, the objects he perceives and imagines, and the epithets applied to him.

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