A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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Topics for Further Study

(Novels for Students)

The Order of Catholic priests that figures in Joyce’s novel, the Society of Jesus, is known historically for its schools and colleges. Research the order and its educational philosophy. What is the approach of the Jesuits to teaching and study? In what ways would the Jesuit education that Stephen Dedalus received have differed from a public school education in America today?

Research the Irish Literary Revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Who were some of the writers in this movement and how did their ideas differ from the literary ideas that Stephen Dedalus expresses?

Research the Irish Home Rule movement and the role that Charles Stuart Parnell played in that movement. How do Dante’s and Mr. Casey’s differing attitudes toward Parnell reflect Irish public opinion of the time?

James Joyce once said that if Dublin was destroyed, people could reconstruct the city from his books. Research the city of Dublin. What are some its famous buildings, sights, and landmarks, and how does Joyce use these places as settings in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?