Exploring the Metaphoric Mythical and Historical Ideologies with Nationalist Affiliations and Religious Historical Past in James Joyce's Selected Literary Fiction

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This paper explores the mythical basis, nationalist affiliations and religious, historical past in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. These two selected novels carry different mythical narratives and sensibilities. This paper discusses a journey where time and space are transcended, which is called a “mythic journey”. Issues related to culture, religion and their association with ideological grounds are very prominent. Elements of religious past and feelings attached to these grounds are very vibrant. The author shares his keen observation and deep experience with nationalist affiliations and their impact. This research is qualitative in nature. For better conceptual understanding, documentaries and works of Joseph Campbell and theories presented by Allan Watts: especially his book Myth and Rituals in Christianity, support this research as a major theoretical framework. This research is helpful to know about the historical past and the mythical grounds of that time.


1-Hassan Bin Zubair
PhD Scholar, Department of English, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.

2-Mamona Yasmin Khan
Department of English, The Women University Multan, Punjab, Pakistan.

3-Sidra Tariq
PhD Scholar, Department of English, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.


Myths, Transformation, Religion, Nationality, Rituals, Understanding

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V - IV

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Published: 12 2020

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