ABSTRACT

HowcanafeministbegintoapproachthewritingsofJamesJoyce? AnumberofcontemporarycriticshaveindictedJoyceasachauvinist authorsingularlydevotedtoprojectsofmalelinguisticmasteryand toacelebrationofwhatJacquesLacancallstheprimordial"signifier ofsignifiers,"theFreudianphallus.IfoneacceptsLacan's psychoanalyticdefinitionofthephallusasLogos-presencerevealed inspeech-then,metaphoricallyatleast,Joycewouldseemto occupyanexaltedplaceinthelogocentricandphallocentricpantheon oftwentieth-centurywriters .Likemostmodernists,helongedto writehimselfintothebodyofthetext-totransformworldinto word,lifeintoLogos,inamagnificentaestheticcouvadethatwould re-createthecosmosinhisownmentalimage.