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Joyce's KaleidoscopeAn Invitation to Finnegans Wake$
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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

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Joyce's Kaleidoscope

Philip Kitcher

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Central in the Wake among the many Joycean virtues are those of kindness, understanding, tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness. Embodied in, and voiced by, ALP—most evidently in her closing monologue, but also at the very end of I-4—all are conceived in a distinctive way. Part of Joyce's conception of them involves a sense of struggle, of prior honesty in facing the realities of situations, of determination to explore those realities no matter how sordid or repulsive they may seem to be. Although Joyce's vision is one of the great versions of humanism, it would be hard to overlook the religious backdrop to his sense of human virtue. The principal task of this reading of the Wake is to understand that movement—to return to ALP's closing monologue, to its earlier anticipations and variations, with fuller appreciation. However, the second and third parts of the Wake should be examined first.

Keywords:   Joycean virtues, ALP, closing monologue, humanism, struggle

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