A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, published in 1916, is Joyce’s semi-autobiographical bildungsroman centered on Stephen Dedalus’ struggle to reconcile Catholic teachings with his own artistic ambitions. In Portrait, music aids Stephen’s epiphanies. Stephen uses music to express emotions unable to be conceived of in – what Joyce calls –“cut-and-dry language.” He appreciates the ability of songs to arouse emotion and induce thought; the songs that Stephen encounters help to form his identity, first as a martyr and, later, as a creator.
Awarded The Leonard J. McCarthy, S.J., Memorial Prize for 2018
Mulhern, Colleen E.
""Song is the simple rhythmic liberation of an emotion": Stephen Dedalus' Musical Martyrdom,"
The Criterion: Vol. 2018
, Article 7.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/criterion/vol2018/iss1/7