Author(s): Mehmet Akif BALKAYA
James Joyce is well known thanks to his short stories collected in his household word Dubliners, among which “Ivy Day in the Committee Room” has a unique space for its political theme through which the hypocrite canvassers and partisans are questioned for their nationalistic discourses. Since the plot is related to municipal election, Joyce deals with the themes of localism, nationalism and customs. The aim of this paper is to examine the story “Ivy Day in the Committee Room” referring to the terms and themes of nationalism and political dissidence. Although the canvassers in the story act as if they were nationalists, it seems that they do not really care about the nationalist Irish leader Charles Parnell or Ireland. Nation and nationalism are the terms revealed through the dialogues of the canvassers in Joyce’s story. It will be concluded that the canvassers and the partisans in this story are spiritually and politically decayed since they do not care the policies of their parties.
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