La “escrupulosa mezquindad” de la escritura en Dublineses, de James Joyce
Authors: Luz Aurora Pimentel
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Given Joyce’s statement that he had written "Dubliners" “for the most part in a style of scrupulous meanness”, this article explores the stories in the collection under this light and taking into account the historical context behind the urban depres-sion apparent in the stories, from the 1801 Act of Union, through the Great Fam-ine in the middle of the xixth century. In this context of urban and economic depression aggravated by the inveterate obsession of the Irish “to escape, at all costs, from the ‘doomed and starving island’ and find safety elsewhere”, the main themes of the collection are first revised in the light of this context; then, some of the stories are subjected to a closer scrutiny—especially “The Sisters”, “A Little Cloud” and “The Dead”. The analytical revision emphasizes not only the “scrupulous meanness” of the style, which is the signature of the sober realism of the stories, but also the symbolic dimension that lies in Joyce’s narrative strat-egies of indirection, in that which is left untold, the absent story (gnomon) that casts its shadow or its light in the typically joycean epiphany, all of which con-stitutes the poetic and symbolic dimension of "Dubliners".