"Japhet in search of a father" is the name of a novel published in 1836 by Capt. Frederick Marryat, an English naval officer. It represents the efforts of a "foundling" (a child deserted by unknown parents) to find his father. By identifying Stephen with Japhet, Mulligan mocks his aspirations to spiritual paternity.

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Oil portrait of Frederick Marryat by John Simpson. Source: Wikimedia Commons.