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États cliniques, états mystiques : vers une grammaire de la réceptivité dans Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man et Stephen Hero de James Joyce

Abstract : This thesis explores various states as they are experienced by Joycean characters. It is concerned with the fluctuations of subjective presence in the world through the observation and analysis of a range of clinical, mystical and cognitive states in James Joyce’s early works: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Stephen Hero.In this study, the notion of state is replaced in the historical context of Joyce’s work, through thecombined influence of Walter Pater, William James and Friedrich Nietzsche, and is also used in a morecontemporary meaning that draws on neurosciences.Joycean states are considered in their pathological dimension from the medical points of view,among others, of Hippocrates and William Harvey, and from the literary perspectives of Gerard ManleyHopkins and Thomas Stearns Eliot. The notions of state and temperament are then assessed in relation to mysticism, with Dionysius the Areopagite (Pseudo-), Teresa of Avila and Blessed Margaret-MaryAlacoque as the main points of focus. Cognition makes it possible to enhance the mental processes underlying those states.This research on the notion of state is coupled with a linguistic approach to the text. The aim isto formalize the transition between spiritual states and grammatical ones. The various occurrences and combinations of adverbs of manner and degree can indicate mental and physiological dispositions.The linguistic perspective vindicates our representation of the Joycean state as a process poisedbetween saturation and emptiness, and enables us to grasp the porous contiguity between state and event in Joyce’s work.
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Caroline Morillot. États cliniques, états mystiques : vers une grammaire de la réceptivité dans Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man et Stephen Hero de James Joyce. Littératures. Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris III, 2012. Français. ⟨NNT : 2012PA030069⟩. ⟨tel-00870012⟩

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