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Journey WestwardJoyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival$
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Frank Shovlin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318238

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317705

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‘Endless stories about the distillery’: Joyce and Whiskey

‘Endless stories about the distillery’: Joyce and Whiskey

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(p.12) 1 ‘Endless stories about the distillery’: Joyce and Whiskey
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Journey Westward
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317705.002

This chapter examines the ways in which James Joyce critiqued Protestant power in Ireland via a subtle series of prompts towards distillation and the production of whiskey in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It discusses arguments about the comparability between distillation and the writing processes and argues that such an interpretation would miss the historical and biographical significance of whiskey for Joyce. The chapter also describes the depiction of whisky and distillation in stories in Dubliners including ‘The Sisters,’ ‘A Painful Case,’ and ‘Counterparts’.

Keywords:   James Joyce, Dubliners, whiskey, distillation, Protestant power, The Sisters, Painful Case, Counterparts

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