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This chapter explores the ways in which Jacques Derrida’s notion of hauntology pervades and intertwines the works of James Joyce and Brian Friel with the mnesic decay of spectres’ evanescent and polymorphic apparitions. It considers how spectres desynchronize memories of the past, interrupt all forms of specularity and exchange and cross hermeneutic borders in both Joyce and Friel. Then it focuses on how Joyce and Friel embarked on a journey of intersectionality and linguistic exile to unearth a subversive ghost language. And finally, it unveils Friel’s hauntological incursion into Joyce’s kindred wandering mind and discloses similar images of ghostly echoes and allusions to exile, mourning, Thanatos and keening.
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