Exiles (play) | Critical Essay by Suzette A. Henke

This literature criticism consists of approximately 45 pages of analysis & critique of Exiles (play).
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Critical Essay by Suzette A. Henke

SOURCE: Henke, Suzette A. “Interpreting Exiles: The Aesthetics of Unconsummated Desire.” In James Joyce and the Politics of Desire, pp. 85–105. New York: Routledge, 1990.

In the following essay, Henke provides an analysis of Exiles and its characters.

Where does desire come from? From a mixture of difference and inequality. … It is inequality that triggers desire, as a desire—for appropriation.

(Hélène Cixous, “Sorties”)

Act One: Passio Irascibilis

Exiles, Joyce's single dramatic work, served as an important vehicle for the author's complex, sometimes convoluted investigation of heterosexual and homoerotic desire. Although Exiles may resemble a turn-of-the-century problem play, it offers, from a psychoanalytic standpoint, a provocative exploration of sexual and psychic mobility.1 Like August Strindberg before him, Joyce is obsessed with the &#x...

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