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Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals
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Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (Hardback)

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This book is a critical introduction to Finnegans Wake and its genesis. Finn Fordham provides a survey of critical, scholarly, and theoretical approaches to Joyce's iconic masterpiece. He also analyses in detail the compositional development of certain key passages which describe the artist (Shem) and his project; the river-mother (ALP) and her 'first kiss'; the Oedipal shooting of the universal father (HCE) by the priestly son (Shaun); and the bewitching and curious daughter (Issy). His analyses demonstrate 'genetic' ways of reading the text which illustrate its immense range and playfulness and how these qualities were generated in composition. As well as opening up the densely detailed textuality of the Wake in all its multiplicity, Fordham argues for a relation between the way the text was formed and key aspects of its thematic content: an uprising of particularity and detail against universality, absolutes, and generality. He shows that the proliferation of individuated textual deta

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 30/08/2007 ISBN-13: 9780199215867  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Finn Fordham is a lecturer at the Royal Holloway University of London a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and carried out doctoral work with Professor Steven Connor at the University of London on the influence that Lucia Joyce's breakdown had on the composition of Finnegans Wake. Publication of his thesis proved impossible because of difficulty securing permissions. Fordham nonetheless transferred his knowledge and enthusiasm for Joyce's final sprawling comedy to produce several articles. He also writes on 'genetic' criticism and reviews contemporary fiction. He has held British Academy and Leverhulme awards for his research and is currently working on comparing writing processes among Modernist writers.

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