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Joyce's Nymph of the Yews: Debates about the Nude in Painting and Sculpture

Joyce's Nymph of the Yews: Debates about the Nude in Painting and Sculpture AUSTIN BRIGGS JOYCE’S NYMPH OF THE YEWS: DEBATES ABOUT THE NUDE IN PAINTING AND SCULPTURE Never mind my soul. Just be sure you have my tie right. (James Joyce while sitting for his portrait by Patrick Tuohy, JJII, p.566). Recent studies by Katherine Mullin and Alison Smith have prompted me to look with a fresh eye at James Joyce’s Nymph of the Yews, who appears to Leopold Bloom in the ‘Circe’ episode of Ulysses. Before turning to their exemplary scholarship, however, I would like to touch on two pieces of popular art, one a cartoon, the other a film. The cartoon, by Edward Linley Sambourne, is titled ‘The Model British Matron’ and appeared in the 24 October 1885 issue of Punch. It shows a man heavily draped in black Victorian woman’s dress and carrying a hymn-book. While one hand clutches his skirts about his legs, he raises the other as if to shield himself against the sight of a statue labelled ‘Venus de Medici’. The caption identifies the British Matron as ‘Mr. H-rsl-y, R.A.’, who is exclaiming, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! Who could ha’ sat for that?’ The film, which has been called ‘[o]ne of the earliest British films http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dublin James Joyce Journal James Joyce Research Center @ University College Dublin

Joyce's Nymph of the Yews: Debates about the Nude in Painting and Sculpture

Dublin James Joyce Journal , Volume 2 – Mar 2, 2012

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James Joyce Research Center @ University College Dublin
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AUSTIN BRIGGS JOYCE’S NYMPH OF THE YEWS: DEBATES ABOUT THE NUDE IN PAINTING AND SCULPTURE Never mind my soul. Just be sure you have my tie right. (James Joyce while sitting for his portrait by Patrick Tuohy, JJII, p.566). Recent studies by Katherine Mullin and Alison Smith have prompted me to look with a fresh eye at James Joyce’s Nymph of the Yews, who appears to Leopold Bloom in the ‘Circe’ episode of Ulysses. Before turning to their exemplary scholarship, however, I would like to touch on two pieces of popular art, one a cartoon, the other a film. The cartoon, by Edward Linley Sambourne, is titled ‘The Model British Matron’ and appeared in the 24 October 1885 issue of Punch. It shows a man heavily draped in black Victorian woman’s dress and carrying a hymn-book. While one hand clutches his skirts about his legs, he raises the other as if to shield himself against the sight of a statue labelled ‘Venus de Medici’. The caption identifies the British Matron as ‘Mr. H-rsl-y, R.A.’, who is exclaiming, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! Who could ha’ sat for that?’ The film, which has been called ‘[o]ne of the earliest British films

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Dublin James Joyce JournalJames Joyce Research Center @ University College Dublin

Published: Mar 2, 2012

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