On Autobiographical Lenses: from Perspective to Performance

Nilly R. Harag & Talia Trainin
A lens is an instrument one looks through to bring new perspectives into focus, enabling the transformation of experience from a magnified self-concentrated space to a wide horizon. In A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man, Joyce posits autopsia, or “seeing for oneself,” as the only mode of knowledge, rather than a blind acceptance of traditions, beliefs and social norms. Joyce’s myopic observer-protagonist is marked by a Cartesian self-reflexiveness and by a modernist...