The Folly of “Roaring Trade” in “After the Race”: the Irish Gordon Bennett Race and Economic Paralysis

The Folly of “Roaring Trade” in “After the Race”: the Irish Gordon Bennett Race and Economic Paralysis
「경주가 끝난 뒤」; 경제 마비; 고든 베넷 자동차 경주; 더블린 사람들; 아일랜드; 제임스 조이스; 헝가리; “After the Race; ” Dubliners; economic paralysis; Gordon Bennett Motor Race; Hungary; Ireland; James Joyce
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현대영미소설, v.18, no.1, pp.193 - 213
The story “After the Race” in Dubliners was set at the 1903 Irish Gordon Bennett Motor Race. The International Race was in fact handed over from the British, who failed to find a course in Great Britain. The Irish accepted the Race with the enthusiasm of “a Papal visit” and seemingly engaged in roaring trade designed to accommodate visitors who came from abroad to view the Race. In truth, however, the Race did not bring prosperity or change anything in the economy of the country: the number of visitors was not as big as expected, and even the results of the Race were disappointing, making many Irishmen lose their bets on the race. Significantly, Joyce’s story, which presents a closer look at the Race and its influence on Dublin society, reveals a more fundamental reason than the number of visitors and the amount of money as to why the Race cost the country. The failure of the Race to bring about economic boom was the moral state of the Irish people, which Joyce diagnosed as “paralysis” and portrayed in all the stories, including “After the Race,” in Dubliners. As suggested in the story, the newly emerging Catholic middle classes, represented by the Doyles who have “modified” Nationalism, were more concerned with making their own wealth and escaping from the provincial setting of Dublin than the economic improvement and liberation of the country. The Irish were not yet ready to benefit from the International Race, regardless of the roaring trade it generated.
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