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Claritas A Central Concept in the Aesthetics of Joyce and Aquinas

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ISBN-10: 3844392505

ISBN-13: 9783844392500

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Roger Dodds

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The contested claim is that James Joyce derived part of his aesthetic theory from the opinion of Thomas Aquinas that beauty is marked with unity, harmony, and then radiance, or in Latin, "claritas". The last term was puzzling to Stephen Dedalus, in PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST, until he identified "claritas" with "quidditas" or the whatness of a thing. The thesis is that Joyce has effectively grasped the medieval concept in his modernist aesthetic, and may have developed his idea from an acquaintance with the Thomistic theory of knowledge. The demonstration of the case in the SUMMA THEOLOGIAE is what distinguishes this work from its predecessors. The method is to pursue the metaphor of light.…    
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Book details

List price: $111.00
Publisher: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Company KG
Publication date: 9/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.91" wide x 8.66" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

BA at the University of Santa Clara, MA and ABD at the University of Chicago, the author created courses in art-literature-music format for Columbia College Chicago, and lecture series for the City Colleges with summer programs in the Art Institute of Chicago, until he retired from teaching, when he completed the doctorate with the present work.