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Humanities 2017, 6(3), 44; doi:10.3390/h6030044

Flower Power: Desire, Gender, and Folk Belief in the Joycean Mary Garden

Department of English and Comparative Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520, USA
Received: 29 May 2017 / Revised: 22 June 2017 / Accepted: 27 June 2017 / Published: 30 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Joyce, Animals and the Nonhuman)
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Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin’s Eco-Joyce (2014) largely overlooks a historical basis for ecocritical thought. The absence of a historicist view requires consideration not only of the natural world but folk botany, such as the Mary Garden that is a phantom presence in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as well as in “Nausicaa” and “Penelope” in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The undergrowth of the garden reconfigures human action and subtly predicts it with its compendium of theological and devotional meanings for the burgeoning sexuality expressed by Gerty MacDowell and Issy Earwicker as well as the mature longing of Molly Bloom. This essay will establish a fresh Deleuzian paradigm of Becoming-Flower to demonstrate how the Mary Garden blooms to present new perspectives on Catholicism, eros, and gender identity in Joyce’s major works. View Full-Text
Keywords: James Joyce; ecocriticism; Mary garden; sexuality; theology; gender; Ulysses; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Finnegans Wake; Gilles Deleuze James Joyce; ecocriticism; Mary garden; sexuality; theology; gender; Ulysses; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Finnegans Wake; Gilles Deleuze
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Mulligan, C. Flower Power: Desire, Gender, and Folk Belief in the Joycean Mary Garden. Humanities 2017, 6, 44.

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