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This parallels the Kabbalists' belief that exile and redemption were collateral acts mirroring the concept of metempsychosis. The Wake is no less suffused with references, allusions and details from Exodus. 25--7). 215). The purpose of such references is not only to illustrate certain doublings between Judaic and Christian rituals but to demonstrate the centrality of Exodus in Joyce's world. 17 The narrative of Exodus may have also inspired Joyce's focus in the Wake on disaster and salvation, fall and redemption which are repeated motifs in the biblical narrative.
Ellmann suggests that the departure of many of the artists and writers for their homelands after the war hastened Joyce's return to Trieste because Zurich became too dull. 12 Moving shortly after to France, and remaining there from July 1920 to December 1940, Joyce once again found himself in a country with a pronounced rather than disguised xenophobia. The status of Jews remained tenuous in the post-Dreyfusian atmosphere, a condition summarized by a character in Georges Duhamel's novel Le Desert de Bievres who declares 'I am Dreyfusard rationally and anti-semitic by inclination.
Expulsion is a continual theme of Jewish life in the Torah and a fact in the modem world. Before entering Canaan the Jews are warned about future exiles (re Numbers and Deuteronomy), while certain festivals such as Sukkot, Passover or Shavuot emerged to ensure remembrance of the Jewish experience of exile. Galut (exile) and return are constant poles in biblical Judaism from the origins of the religion to the destruction of the Second Temple by 24 Joyce and the Jews Nebuchadnezzar in 586BC. Renaissance history reiterated the Exodus with the departures of Jews from France (1182), England (1290), Provence (1306) and Spain (1492).