Joyce & the modern Bildungsroman

I am Stephen Dedalus. I am walking beside my father whose name is Simon Dedalus. We are in Cork, in Ireland. Cork is a city. Our room is in the Victoria Hotel. Victoria and Stephen and Simon. Simon and Stephen and Victoria. Names. The memory of his childhood suddenly grew dim. (77)

Character development/perspective development. Childhood vs. present. Joyce is turning the bildungroman into an emotional matter rather than just social/physical in the old tradition.

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  1. It’s interesting how Joyce characterizes the memory of Stephen’s childhood as “suddenly” growing dim, as if the central memory one retains from childhood is the inability to remember most of it. In this respect, trying to relate the experiences of childhood is like trying to relate a dream to someone upon waking up.

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