Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Joyce's KaleidoscopeAn Invitation to Finnegans Wake$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Philip Kitcher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195321029

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321029.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 15 December 2019

Life's Robulous Rebus

Life's Robulous Rebus

Chapter:
(p.51) 6 Life's Robulous Rebus
Source:
Joyce's Kaleidoscope
Author(s):

Philip Kitcher

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321029.003.0006

Reading the Wake, as one begins to feel that not a single syllable makes sense, a natural first question is to ask what is going on. Derivatively, one may wonder who is speaking and how the characters mentioned relate to one another. This chapter recommends starting with a different query: Why is this material occurring here? What purpose is being served for the dreamer by the elaboration of a vignette of this particular form? Who is this dreamer? Because HCE is so dominating a presence in the vignettes, it is tempting to apply his name to the dreamer as well; this, however, might blind one to the ways in which the dreamer's response to the vignettes can depend on identification with figures distinct from HCE. Instead, the discussion proposes that the dreamer is any man of a certain sort, more specifically an aging man.

Keywords:   dreamer, Wake, male sexual urges, night dreams

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .