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Joyce's Kaleidoscope: An Invitation to Finnegans Wake

Philip Kitcher

Abstract

James Joyce's Ulysses, once regarded as obscure and obscene, is now viewed as a masterpiece of world literature. Yet Joyce's final novel, Finnegans Wake, to which he devoted seventeen years, remains virtually unread. Its linguistic novelties, layered allusions, and experimental form can make it seem impenetrable. This book attempts to dissolve the darkness that surrounds the Wake and to display instead its mesmerizing play of light. The book offers an original, appealing interpretation of Joyce's novel while also suggesting an approach to the magnum opus. Focusing throughout on the book's cent ... More

Keywords: James Joyce, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, worth, dream language, comedy, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195321029
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321029.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Kitcher, author
Columbia University
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