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Dislocations of the Walking Body : James Joyce's Ulysses and Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway

Abstract : This thesis compares representations of the body in James Joyce’s Ulysses and Virgnia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. It takes the walking body in the city as a starting point for considering the many dislocations of the body, positing that both authors’ depictions of wandering in the city allow them to test the conceptual boundaries of place, individual identity, as well as the limits between flesh, text and image. The thesis asks how Joyce’s and Woolf’s city novels portray the body through dislocations, which express all at once the displacements, transitionings and disfigurations of the body and convey a tension between embodiment and disembodiment in ways specific to each author. It argues that both works examine the overlap between the phenomenological body of embodied consciousness as the site of perceptive experience, and figures of the body which articulate the image of the body, its object dimension, and its reconfigurations into writing. It suggests that the triangulation of phenomenological conceptions of the body, figures of the body and textual poetics allow for fruitful comparisons of these canonical authors beyond the pale of modernism. Drawing upon the intersecting fields of thing theory, phenomenological conceptions of narrative, embodiment and space, as well as cultural and aesthetic theories delimiting the imaging of the body in the work of art it aims to reevaluate the connections between Ulysses and Mrs Dalloway by distinguishing between images of the bodyand the portrayal of the sensible in relation to space and narrative, while taking into account how these distinct dimensions interact within the works.
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Victoria Lévêque. Dislocations of the Walking Body : James Joyce's Ulysses and Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway. Literature. Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris III, 2020. English. ⟨NNT : 2020PA030107⟩. ⟨tel-03474173⟩



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