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Humanities 2017, 6(3), 52; doi:10.3390/h6030052

Ulysses and the Signature of Things

Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 9DP, UK
Received: 13 June 2017 / Revised: 19 July 2017 / Accepted: 19 July 2017 / Published: 24 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Joyce, Animals and the Nonhuman)
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James Joyce’s depiction of autographic signatures resembles the “doctrine of signatures”—a pre-modern system of correspondence between medicinal plants and parts of the body. Certain aspects of this episteme reappear in the late nineteenth century. This recurrence is due, in large part, to developments in the technology of writing that threaten what Friedrich Kittler calls the “surrogate sensuality of handwriting.” Reading the “Nausicaa” episode of Ulysses against fin-de-siècle ideas about graphology, I argue that signature offers a unique perspective on Joyce’s taxonomic representation, which questions the boundaries between a body of text and (non)human bodies. View Full-Text
Keywords: James Joyce; Ulysses; graphology; signature; inscription; Michel Foucault; Giorgio Agamben; Walter Benjamin; Jakob Böhme James Joyce; Ulysses; graphology; signature; inscription; Michel Foucault; Giorgio Agamben; Walter Benjamin; Jakob Böhme
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