Shocking the reader in James Joyce's "A Painful Case"

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Author: Margot Norris
Date: Fall 1999
From: James Joyce Quarterly(Vol. 37, Issue 1-2)
Publisher: University of Tulsa
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 52 words

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James Joyce intended his readers to feel surprised and dismayed when reading "A Painful Case," and was influenced in this story's construction by the late-19th-century sex scandals of Oscar Wilde and Charles Stewart Parnell. Wilde was imprisoned for homosexuality, Parnell convicted of adultery, and James Duffy's behavior is motivated by closeted homosexuality.

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