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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

This chapter summarizes the principal ideas that have emerged throughout the chapter-by-chapter reading of Finnegans Wake. It aims to serve both as a helpful guide for those who are approaching Joyce's last novel for the first time and as a detailed elaboration and defense of the book's interpretation. Even more, it hopes to inspire others to undertake their own large-scale readings. Meanwhile, music runs through Joyce's prose, and through the Wake, in particular. It is not simply a matter of the constant eruption of the songs Joyce had heard his father sing, or had sung himself but the use of rhythm to set the mood and of tonal coloring to evoke reactions in his readers.

Keywords:   Joyce's prose, Finnegans Wake, Vico, last novel, rhythm

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