A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (UK Edition) by James Joyce

By James Joyce

The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin youth and early life, his quest for identification via artwork and his sluggish emancipation from the claims of family members, faith and eire itself, can also be an indirect self-portrait of the younger James Joyce and a common testomony to the artist's 'eternal imagination'.

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Europeans had various reasons to take colonies in addition to natural resources, markets, cheap labor, and investment. France sought to undo the humiliating defeat by Germany in 1870 and win political prestige, Britain wanted to run a railroad from the Cape to Cairo and protect the Suez Canal out of economic interest, and Germany grabbed colonies as a latecomer to imperialism. All nations were driven by the axiom that great nations must be big and therefore must expand or die, and repeatedly invoked the analogy of countries as like trees that must expand their branches over as high and wide an area as possible to capture a fair share of sunlight and not wither in the shade of another country.

Big cities were torn up by the construction of grand boulevards, sewers, subways, and skyscrapers, while steamships exchanged people from around the world, which increased social mobility and cultural diversity. Table 1 Population change in major cities 1850–1910 The movement of populations to cities transformed simpler rural societies into more complex urban centers. The story of the “Young Man from the Provinces,” as Lionel Trilling put it, who is poor but intelligent and full of hope and travels to the city to seek his fortune is one of realism’s dominant narratives.

French anti-imperialists emphasized the financial drain of imperialism and the contradiction between it and the values of their republican government based on French Revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. French religious leaders protested the Arab slave trade in Africa. The myth of white racial superiority suffered a stunning setback in 1896 when 70,000 Abyssinians crushed the Italian army and killed 6,000 of its soldiers at Adowa. In 1905 the Japanese defeated the Russians at Port Arthur.

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