What is the aesthetic theory of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?

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podunc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe I answered this question a few days ago, but here goes:

According to a critical work entitled The Future of Modernism, Joyce articulated the aesthetic theories of Stephen Dedalus in his personal notebooks. The main principles are as follows:

  • any theory of beauty must include the conventionally ugly
  • art is neither immoral nor amoral but transcends conventional morality
  • the work of art is a "selfcontained wholeness." I believe this means that art does not perform a social function, but is rather "art for art's sake."



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