“He chronicled with patience”: Early Joycean Progressions Between Non-Fiction and Fiction
This chapter questions the demarcation lines of non-fiction and fiction with the express intent of realigning them. To this end, it makes the claim that rather than Joyce’s first, abandoned novel, Stephen Hero was really an “alter-ego memoir”; that is, a work of non-fiction. The central premise of this chapter will be that Joyce took in and processed every perception, whether from contingent living, experience, feeling, imagination, reading, rereading, or memory, as text. This approach allows for the articulation of fresh methodological advances in terms of critically specifying and evaluating relations between “reality records” (newspaper materials, historical accounts, third-party correspondence, memoirs, etc.) and Joyce’s writings.