James Joyce's Magdalenes Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • In his early short story "Clay," Joyce exposes contemporary social hypocrisies and also explores alternative arrangements of love, family, and community through an association between his character Maria and the Biblical figure Mary Magdalene. Aware of the difficult status of women in the Irish family, "Clay" presents the possibility of a satisfying independent life and suggests crucial civic and private roles for single women. This essay explores Biblical and cultural associations with Mary Magdalene along with the institutions built in her name, the Magdalene Laundries, one of which forms the initial setting for "Clay." 2010 Project MUSE.

published proceedings

  • COLLEGE LITERATURE

author list (cited authors)

  • Eide, M.

complete list of authors

  • Eide, Marian

publication date

  • January 1, 2011 11:11 AM