Epiphany (74 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • Editors
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.

The Christian festival (January 6th) commemorating the presentation of Christ to the Magi (the three wise men who followed the star to Bethlehem). Hence, a moment of spiritual revelation. An aesthetic of the epiphany is developed by James Joyce's hero Stephen Dedalus in A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man where he argues from Aquinas that an epiphany is a revelation of the particular quidditas or 'whatness' of an experience or thing.

Citation:
Editors. "Epiphany". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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