The Anti-Hero in Modernist Fiction: From Irony to Cultural Renewal
Applies Joseph Campbell’s theory of heroism to The Sun Also Rises, Joyce’s Ulysses (1922), and Samuel Beckett’s Murphy (1938) in his examination of the nature of the antiheroic in modernist texts. Contends that for Jake, the mythic journey becomes an interior initiation in which his newfound understanding of his weaknesses and limitations reinvigorates his ability to adapt and survive in a chaotic and culturally fragmented world.
Neimneh, Shadi. “The Anti-Hero in Modernist Fiction: From Irony to Cultural Renewal.” Mosaic 46, no. 4 (Dec. 2013): 75-90.