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Author Ferris, Kathleen, 1941- author

Title James Joyce & the burden of disease / Kathleen Ferris
Edition Paperback edition
Published Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (193 pages) : illustrations, photographs
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Prologue; 1 The Creative Daemon; 2 The Wandering Jew in Ulysses; 3 Epics of the Body; 4 An Insectfable; Epilogue: Dear mysterre Shame's Voice; Chronology of Joyce's Medical History; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; S; T; V; W; Y
Summary James Joyce's near blindness, his peculiar gait, and his death from perforated ulcers are commonplace knowledge to most of his readers. But until now, most Joyce scholars have not recognized that these symptoms point to a diagnosis of syphilis. Kathleen Ferris traces Joyce's medical history as described in his correspondence, in the diaries of his brother Stanislaus, and in the memoirs of his acquaintances, to show that many of his symptoms match those of tabes dorsalis, a form of neurosyphilis which, untreated, eventually leads to paralysis. Combining literary analysis and medical detection,
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Joyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Health.
Health in literature.
Human body in literature.
Novelists, Irish -- 20th century -- Biography.
Sexually transmitted diseases in literature.
Syphilis in literature.
Syphilis -- Patients -- Ireland -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813149827 (e-book)
9780813149820 (e-book)