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The Dead

The Dead

by James Joyce, Thomas Fasano
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THE DEAD is the final short story in the 1914 collection Dubliners by James Joyce. It is the longest story in the collection and is often considered the best of Joyce's shorter works.

The story centres on Gabriel Conroy on the night of the Morkan sisters' annual dance and dinner in the first week of January 1904, perhaps the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6). Typical of the stories in Dubliners, “The Dead” develops toward a moment of painful self-awareness; Joyce described this as an epiphany. The narrative generally concentrates on Gabriel's insecurities, his social awkwardness, and the defensive way he copes with his discomfort.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979660795
Publisher: Coyote Canyon Press
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 225,586
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

One of the 20th century's greatest writers, James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882, and his native city is at the heart of his best-known books: Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and the short story collection Dubliners. His flowing, sometimes musical, often challenging prose has provoked and inspired generations of readers. He died in 1941.

Date of Birth:

February 2, 1882

Date of Death:

January 13, 1941

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Zurich, Switzerland


B.A., University College, Dublin, 1902

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume


Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts

The Complete Text [1967 Viking Compass Edition, prepared by Robert Scholes]


A Critical History of "The Dead"

Psychoanalytic Criticism and "The Dead"
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Daniel R. Schwarz, Gabriel Contoy's Psyche: Character as Concept in Joyce's "The Dead"

Reader-Response Criticism and "The Dead"
What Is Reader-Response Criticism?
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Reader-Response Perspective:
Peter J. Rabinowitz, "A Symbol of Something": Interpretive Vertigo in "The Dead"

New Historicism and "The Dead"
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography A New Historicist Perspective:
Michael Levenson, Living History in "The Dead"

Feminist Criticism and "The Dead"
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Feminist Perspective:
Margot Norris, Not the Girl She Was at All: Women in "The Dead"

Deconstruction and "The Dead"
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography A Deconstructionist Perspective:
John Paul Riquelme, For Whom the Snow Taps: Style and Repetition in "The Dead"

Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms

About the Contributors

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