A death in late victorian Dublin

Allan, Keith (2017). A death in late victorian Dublin. In The Pragmeme of Accommodation: The Case of Interaction around the Event of Death (pp. 421-439) Dordrecht, GX Netherlands: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-55759-5_21

Author Allan, Keith
Title of chapter A death in late victorian Dublin
Title of book The Pragmeme of Accommodation: The Case of Interaction around the Event of Death
Place of Publication Dordrecht, GX Netherlands
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Publication Year 2017
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-55759-5_21
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Series Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy and Psychology
ISBN 9783319557588
ISSN 2214-3815
Volume number 13
Chapter number 21
Start page 421
End page 439
Total pages 19
Total chapters 24
Language eng
Subjects 1211 Philosophy
3202 Applied Psychology
3310 Linguistics and Language
1203 Language and Linguistics
Abstract/Summary This essay examines the language used when describing the 1895 death of Father Flynn in James Joyce’s short story ‘The Sisters’ (Joyce J, Dubliners. London: Grant Richards: 9–20, 1914). Father Flynn’s death follows the paralysis that was the result of his third stroke. His physical and mental degeneration reputedly began after he broke the chalice at the Eucharist. The broken chalice and the priest’s paralysis are a metaphor for the state of the Irish Church. It is Father Flynn’s death resulting from central nervous system decay of a morally moribund Catholic priest, the rituals that precede and follow it, along with the attendant reactions from the characters in Joyce’s story that form the substance for this essay on the language of death in late Victorian Dublin. Throughout the story Joyce makes recourse to a packet of scripts that plot the various aspects of death and the pragmemes that are components of those scripts. The scripts correspond to recurrent and largely predictable events such as: the administration of last rites, the report of death (which includes the pragmeme of death notices), the cause of death – which is the main focus of ‘The Sisters’, laying out of the body, paying respect to the dead person (which includes the pragmeme always speak well of the dead), and expressing empathy with the bereaved (which includes the pragmeme of condolence and the pragmeme of questioning the manner of dying). Although preparations for the funeral are briefly mentioned, no funeral is described, the likely reason for which is proposed.
Keyword Dementia
Irish catholic church
Mourning practices
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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