Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories by James Joyce, published in 1914. They form a naturalistic representation of Irish middle life in and around Dublin at the beginning of the 20th century.
The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity was surging. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment when a character experiences a life-changing self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The first stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and worries of gradually older people. This is in line with Joyce's division of the collection into childhood, adolescence and maturity.
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