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Radford, F.L. "Daedalus and the Bird Girl: Classical Text and Celtic Subtext." Critical Essays on James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Ed. Brady, Philip;
Carens, James F.
Critical Essays on British Literature. New York:
G.K. Hall; London: Prentice Hall International,
JJQ 24, iii [Fall 1987]: 253-74. A source study of Celtic myth in P that extends to broader issues--the extent of Joyce's knowledge of Celtic culture, the significance of Stephen's naive enactment of situations echoing Irish myth and history, the ironic dimension of an autobiography of an overambitious subject who grows up to be an author in superb control of his materials. European myth obscures Irish myth for Joyce, who tried to avoid overt alliance with the domestic culture, and Stephen, whose interest in continental culture is undermined by an inate Irish culture. "We have only to look at the last part of 'The Dead' or at Stephen's fever-vision in Chapter I of A Portrait, his vision of his personal hell in Chapter III, or his 'morning inspiration' (P 217) in Chapter V, to see how often in Joyce moments of intense psychic experience take place in the borderline state between sleeping and waking" (175).