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more grievously, signify the degeneration of the

intelligentsia. Retrospective rather than innovative,

dedicated to the borrowed rather than the self-created,

these “talents” fail to live up to their calling. In contrast

with Joyce

s portrayal of his protagonists, his depictions

of these “talents” offer critiques of the corruption of

certain intellectuals, his dialogue with those who

exercised profound influence on modern Ireland, and

his rethinking of the role of the intellectual.

Key Words:

“Aeolus,” James Joyce, intellectuals, Ireland