By James Joyce
The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin formative years and early life, his quest for identification via artwork and his slow emancipation from the claims of relatives, faith and eire itself, can also be an indirect self-portrait of the younger James Joyce and a common testomony to the artist's 'eternal imagination'.
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44 The discovery in the 1970s of the chemical that was eventually branded as Prozac in 1987 was significant not because it treated depression any more effectively than the other drugs (it did not), but because it only affected a single chemical involved in mood regulation—serotonin. It thus lacked many of the previous drugs’ side effects, and therefore became much more widely prescribed, at which point it was learned that Prozac appeared to treat a wider range of symptoms than had initially been expected, including less severe forms of depression.
And since value for Heidegger, as for Tomkins, is a question of affective attachment, this is another way of saying that it is only possible to be affected when things have been set in advance by a certain mode of attunement. In fact, “nothing like an affect would come about,” Heidegger insists, unless being-in-the world “had not already submitted itself to having entities within-the-world ‘matter’ to it in a way which its moods have outlined in advance” (BT, 177). For example, he continues, “only something which is in the state of mind of fearing (or fearlessness) can discover that what is environmentally ready-to-hand is threatening.
In order to affect his “fastidious” readers, Henry James had to first catch them, which he does by creating an object of affective attachment within the story that is visible and attractive within his public’s mode of attunement. Only once caught does the audience find itself in another world, that of the novel—which turns out to be another there. The disjuncture between one there and another allows James (and Du Bois and Platonov) to show one, as reader, one’s own mood, estranging one from oneself and one’s mood, so the mood—and what it makes possible, what it precludes, and by what historical forces is it kept tuned—as such can become apparent.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (UK Edition) by James Joyce