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The Art of EloquenceByron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce$
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Matthew Bevis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253999.001.0001

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Coda: An Eyed Ear

Coda: An Eyed Ear

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(p.263) Coda: An Eyed Ear
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Matthew Bevis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253999.003.0006

The coda to the book focuses on James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, a book which may initially seem a world away from the literary art of eloquence, but which in many ways is the exaggerated summation of that art — at once its most challenging example and its reductio ad absurdum. A brief excursion through the pages of the Wake serves to highlight the characteristic rhythms and concerns of this art of eloquence — and to underscore the dangers and opportunities that may attend it. The book ends with a defence of (and commitment to) what Joyce most valued in literary art: ‘a deep sympathy with the cross-purposes and contradictions of life, as they may be reconcilable with a hopeful awakening’.

Keywords:   Finnegans Wake, contradictions, commitment, James Joyce

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