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Joyces depiction of women is characterized by a high degree of literary self-consciousness perhaps even more so than in the rest of his work The self-consciousness emerges as an awareness of both genre and linguistic expectations contrasting highly self-conscious isolated literary men or men with literary aspirations with women who follow more romantic models even stereotypes In Dubliners Joyce utilizes a clichd story of doomed love ending in death-physical or spiritual-in A Painful Case and The Dead The former holds far more to these conventions and can be read as a precursor to the more sophisticated techniques in the latter which draws the readers attention to the clich only to redirect it Nevertheless it is Joyces handiwork here his subversion of genre that takes the main stage and the women in the stories do fade into the background In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man he again literalizes a stereotype the Madonnawhore binary showing women as nuns long-suffering wives or prostitutes But this division also serves to highlight one of Stephen Dedaluss primary battles between Ireland and exile family and freedom which results in a call to writing away from domestic responsibility Ulysses and especially Penelope seems to escape these because it is precisely against genre-there was no preexisting in-bed monologue genre-but it is the most conscious and critical of feminine linguistic construction Female words through letters to Bloom are the constant aural background in Blooms mind but he fixates on them precisely because of their bad writing 4414 as Milly writes to him Molly has the last word in Ulysses but it is not so clear who authorizes that word as we shall see A Painful Case is built on clichs The story of a misanthropic bachelor who meets an emotionally frustrated wife develops a bond then recoils at intimacy could not be more formulaic she even dies of sudden failure of the hearts action 114 The irony is clear-the suddenness
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