From “Between” to “And”: The Global Humanities in Joyce and Beckett

By Lidan Lin and Xuemei Zhang.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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The epistemology of dualism has informed the construction of dichotomies and differences in cultural discourses for a long time. Interestingly, such construction is often, though not always, indicated by the preposition “between” that signifies separation. In their writings about Ireland, Joyce and Beckett seek to deconstruct dualism by illustrating the pitfalls of radical provincialism on the one hand and by envisioning global humanities often indicated by the conjunction “and” that signifies addition, rather than separation, on the other. Drawing on the concept of universal identity developed by Levi-Strauss, Gunn, Hassan, and Jung, we offer a new reading of both authors’ representation of “global citizen” in such figures as Wellsley, Conroy, and Shuah.

Keywords: Global Humanities, Joyce, Beckett

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 14, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.31-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 10, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 555.728KB)).

Dr. Lidan Lin

“Qian Tang Scholar” Chair Professor, Hangzhou Normal University, China; Professor, Department of English and Linguistics, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA; Visiting Professor, Southwest University, China

Xuemei Zhang

Associate Professor, School of Foreign Languages, Chongqing Jiaotong University, China