Cracked lookingglass

Stephen says bitterly, "It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked lookingglass of a servant." M. H. Abrams showed in a classic study that mirrors have long been regarded as symbols of art conceived classically as a faithful mimetic representation of external reality. Stephen's characterization of the mirror seems to suggest that faithful representation of reality is difficult within the confines of colonial subjection.

JH 2011

Jacob Trunk's illustration of the cracked lookingglass.