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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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(p.199) 17 Lightbreakfastbringer
Joyce's Kaleidoscope

Philip Kitcher

Oxford University Press

When Shaun reappears, he has acquired a new name, “Jaunty Jaun”, after a long and wearing journey. He then speaks at great length, almost without interruption. As the beginning makes clear, the speech is to be a homily, a piece of instruction for the frail creatures whom Jaun is to leave behind, and it proves to be a torrential outpouring of advice, commands, threats, blandishments, exhortations, accusations, warnings, predictions, and even insults. After the failures of Part II, the manic series of struggles to find some element within Shaun that can underpin the value of a life appears as the dreamer's last, desperate opportunity to resolve his central problem. Shaun was first discerned in the gloom by his light, his “belted lamp”, and the “paling” of his light has evoked his loss.

Keywords:   Shaun, Jaunty Jaun, identity crisis, jollification, Lucifer

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