A "Ghoul" is precisely what Stephen says it is in Telemachus, a "Chewer of corpses." In the alchemy of his imagination, his mother has changed from a dead body to a monster that feeds on bodies. She returns under this guise in Circe, and thoughts of corpses being consumed as food connect with many other reflections on human mortality in the novel.

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Amine Discovered with the Goule, engraved illustration for the History of Sidi Nouman in The Arabian Nights Entertainment (London, 1840). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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