Thursday, September 16, 2004

James Joyce and the Jesuits.

A recent discussion at table (that's to say, at a Jesuit meal) touched upon the question of James Joyce's view of the Society of Jesus. Joyce was educated at Jesuit schools and often placed Jesuit characters in his fiction, perhaps most notably in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. This short item on the Irish Jesuits' website discusses Joyce's relationship with the Society and its impact on his life. In pertinent part: "Joyce . . . told friends at different points in his life that his Jesuit education had taught him how to arrange things, so that they became easy to see and judge, and that his capacity to keep going in the face of many hardships in his life (his health, his daughter's health, his difficulty in finding publishers) may have been attributable to 'the influence of A.M.D.G.'"

1 Comments:

At March 13, 2013 4:58 PM, Blogger Terry Wilson said...

That seems quite apropos

 

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