Taylor Follett Humanities and Social Science
The 'Three-Dimensional Woman': Exploring Gender and Representing Femininity in James Joyce's Ulysses
Upon first reading Ulysses by James Joyce, I developed a question: why does one of the most significant novels of the modernist canon, a literary movement associated with hyper-masculine authors, contain such a prominent focus on the feminine and end with a female narrator? Throughout Ulysses, Joyce investigates the trappings of normative gender, especially through Molly and Leopold Bloom. My research engages with this investigation and my original question, pursuing critical conversations surrounding Ulysses while also examining texts from queer theory and novelistic theory in order to interrogate the precise role of gender within Joyces masterpiece. My project uses this interrogation to suggest that, due in part to Ulyssess remarkable influence upon the literary world, Joyce was able to pave the way for new, complex conceptions of femininity and gender within the 20th century novel as a whole.