(D) about “The Boarding House,” March 25, The Feast of the Annunciation

In “The Boarding House,” Joyce presents his case for the victimized male impressed into domesticity through deception, coercion, societal and economic pressure. The result is a sham Annunciation predicting a stumbling future for a timid Joseph, bound and gagged in holy matrimony. Mrs. Mooney, a failed butcher’s wife, fell even lower into the role ofContinue reading “(D) about “The Boarding House,” March 25, The Feast of the Annunciation”

A Year of Dubliners (D)

What follows will be an experiment. I have long suspected that there is a calendar nesting among the fifteen stories of Dubliners. Beginning with “Clay” on November 5, I will post an essay about each story in the collection. The stories will follow the Celtic Year. Success in laying out a defensible schema is notContinue reading “A Year of Dubliners (D)”