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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

Oxford University Press

Although much of the detail is dark, with the central chapters containing an extraordinary density of material even for the Wake, Part II has an obvious structure. There are four scenes, the first two of which center on the activities of the children, initially at play and then at their studies. The third, the densest chapter in the entire book, descends from the upstairs room in which the boys, Shem and Shaun, have been having their “day at triv and quad” to join HCE in the bar of his inn and to witness his collapse. The last scene occurs at sea, as four voices, those of the “evangelists”, initially embodied as seabirds, track the progress of the ship bearing Tristan and Isolde to Cornwall.

Keywords:   Shem, Shaun, HCE, Glugg, children's prayer, Tristan and Isolde

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