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    There is quite an important theme in Ulysses which is not mentioned in this interview. theguardian.com/books/2019/jun…

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    Declan Gaffney

    I mean, it's not exactly hidden away. It's there from the start.

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    Declan Gaffney

    No. I think he could have used the occasion to make the obvious point: anti-semites are not generally fans of Ulysses, and for good reason. It's very clear where Joyce stands on anti-semitism (and he was unusual among modernists in this respect).

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    Declan Gaffney

    Are you out of your mind? It's one of the greatest attacks on anti-semitism in modern literature.

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    Declan Gaffney

    @chienontheloose Ulysses is a novel *about* anti-semitism (among many other things). It is one of the greatest critiques of anti-semitism in western literature. It's Corbyn's favourite book. That to me suggests he is not anti-semitic. Is this so hard?

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    Declan Gaffney

    I meant what I said. The idea that Ulysses endorses anti-semitism is so patently absurd I can't believe someone is trying to tell me it's false.

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    Declan Gaffney

    The anti-semitic views in Ulysses are those of the characters, not of the author. The main protagonist is Jewish. The novel is emphatically *not* anti-semitic - on the contrary.

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    Declan Gaffney

    Seriously, that is simply untrue. I was making the point that anti-semitism is one of the major themes of the book. It's a book no anti-semite could really like. I was surprised this aspect wasn't mentioned in the interview. I don't do innuendo.

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    Declan Gaffney

    Getting quite a pile-on from Corbynistas who think I'm saying his favourite novel, Ulysses, is anti-semitic. Seriously. It's not very pleasant but it's also just kinda weird.

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    Declan Gaffney

    So-before I start hitting the mute button- Ulysses is a novel about a society in which anti-semitism is endemic. It is one of the greatest critiques of anti-semitism in modern literature. It is not a book any anti-semite would tend to favour. And it's Corbyn's favourite book.

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    Declan Gaffney

  2. Gave a lecture on anti-Semitic references in 'Ulysses' on Wednesday in the Irish-Jewish Museum ... Joyce is not only commenting on the pogrom in Khisinev, then the Limerick riot, but also firsthand experience of this in France.

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    Dr Anne Marie D'Arcy

  3. Only really noticed on last rereading how careful he is to show it's present among Brits and Irish, catholic and protestant (and atheist), unionist and nationalist, all classes. The theme is very carefully orchestrated.

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    Declan Gaffney

    Also all the different dimensions - religious (Deasy and Martin Cunningham), imperalist/racist (Haines), nationalist (the Citizen), cultural stereoptypes (passim. but notably the narrator in Cyclops).

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    Declan Gaffney