The Role of Religion in James Joyce`s Dubliners: Cultural Materialism Reading
Advances in Sciences and Humanities
Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages: 55-64
Received: Mar. 19, 2019; Accepted: May 23, 2019; Published: Jun. 13, 2019
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Maryam Jafari, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Mahnaz Soqandi, English Language and Literature Department, Faculty of Humanities, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran
Shiva Zaheri Birgani, Department of English Language and Literature, Boroujerd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd, Iran
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Language, Social identity and Religion are three major concerns of cultural studies. Language in literary texts plays a major role in constructing meaning and reflecting the author`s intention. Likewise religion as a cultural politics is a dominant factor in shaping mind as well in affecting the framework of literary text. Religion is one of the emerging issues in the modern era and forms the backbone of most literary works. Religion as a theme is seen to influence the operation of those who believe in it. It forms the functional framework that predetermines ones actions and behavior. Furthermore, social identity decides on the status of the social class and their material life situation. Social identity relates to how we identify ourselves in relation to others according to what we have in common. All these issues are interrelated since they all cooperate and construct a social and cultural materiality. Proper cultural and social materials and issues such as religious matters. His major short story collection, Dubliners, revolves around the lifestyle of the Irish middle-class in Dublin around the late 1800s and early 1900s. This collection is decorated with violated norms and ritualistic behavior that are part of social constructs. Addressing social, religious and cultural issues, cultural This study aims to clarify how James Joyce`s Dubliners reflects the notions of language, social identity and religion as cultural practices and how they construct social and cultural products within the framework of cultural materialism to show how James Joyce criticizes Irish culture at the beginning of the Twentieth century.
Keywords
Cultural Materialism, Social Identity, Language, Religion, Infrastructure
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Maryam Jafari, Mahnaz Soqandi, Shiva Zaheri Birgani, The Role of Religion in James Joyce`s Dubliners: Cultural Materialism Reading, Advances in Sciences and Humanities. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2019, pp. 55-64. doi: 10.11648/j.ash.20190502.13
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