Document Type


Date of Award



James Joyce, Criticism and interpretation, English literature, 19th century, Irish literature, 20th century

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


English, General Literature, and Rhetoric

First Advisor

Zack Bowen

Second Advisor

John V. Hagopian


This study explores James Joyce's use of esthetics as a structuring source in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, especially as those esthetics derive from similarities and references to and analogues from the nineteenth century tradition of English poets, novelists, and essayists which includes Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Algernon Swinburne, Walter Horatio Pater, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats. Stephen Dedalus and his esthetics, particularly as they appear in Portrait, are inheritors of that tradition. Further, the study will trace through Ulysses the evolution of the esthetic and its counter-traditions in the esthetics represented by Bloom and Molly.