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Homer in the Twentieth CenturyBetween World Literature and the Western Canon$
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Barbara Graziosi and Emily Greenwood

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199298266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298266.001.0001

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Homer and Joyce: The Case of Nausicaa

Homer and Joyce: The Case of Nausicaa

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Homer in the Twentieth Century

Stephen Minta

Oxford University Press

This chapter juxtaposes the encounter between Odysseus and Nausicaa in the Odyssey with that between Leopald Bloom and Gerty Macdowell in Ulysses. It emphasizes the sexual and linguistic ambiguities of both texts and contrasts them with sanitized readings of the Odyssey, such as a Victorian poem by Mortimer Collins, published in 1869, where Odysseus and Nausicaa are presented as simple paradigms of wisdom and chastity. Situating Joyce's Homer in relation to Victorian scholarship on Homer, this chapter argues that Joyce exposed the moral blind-spots in prior receptions of the Odyssey and identifies this novel as an important pivot for the rehabilitation of Odysseus' subtle character in 20th-century receptions.

Keywords:   Homer, James Joyce, Ulysses, Odyssey, Nausicaa, Leopold Bloom, Gerty Macdowell, translation

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