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Epiphany By Hu, Jane

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1115-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 30 November 2023, from


The standard Oxford English Dictionary definition of ‘epiphany’ refers to ‘an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity’ — and in particular the divine ‘manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi’. James Joyce (1882–1941), however, popularized the term to describe not just religious manifestations, but secular, everyday and even banal revelations.

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Hu, Jane. "Epiphany." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 30 Nov. 2023 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1115-1

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