Silence and Fractals in “The Sisters”

Michael Groden, Vicki Mahaffey

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Mike and Vicki agreed to write two independent ten-page essays on "The Sisters" and to exchange them. They met in a Pizza Express in the Bloomsbury section of London to comment on one another's drafts. Vicki liked Mike's essay, but Mike had reservations about Vicki's: she had outlined a way of understanding the damage that the story alludes to but does not identify, which is exactly what Mike discouraged readers from doing. Moreover, Vicki's tone was passionate, in sharp contrast to the dispassionate observational acuity that Mike appreciated in the boy and believed the critic should emulate. Vicki ruminated over Mike's comments for several months, trying to find a way of approaching the story that might accommodate both their perspectives. This essay is the result of that process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollaborative Dubliners
Subtitle of host publicationJoyce in Dialogue
EditorsVicki Mahaffey
Place of PublicationSyracuse
PublisherSyracuse University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780815632702
StatePublished - 2012


  • priests
  • fractals
  • parallelograms
  • narrators
  • pleasure
  • anger
  • homesteads
  • paralysis
  • church fathers
  • anthologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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