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Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Aesthetic Joys

Class at Faculty of Arts |



We shall approach James Joyce?s (1882-1941) major work, Finnegans Wake (1939), with audio, critical and theoretical matter, with particular attention paid to the concept of artistic joy that the work gives both to Joyce and to his readers.


James Joyce: Finnegans Wake (1939).

Selections from the following critical and theoretical texts will be available in a course reader:

Leo Bersani: ?Against Ulysses? in The Culture of Redemption (Harvard, 1990) pp. 155-78.

Sheldon Brivic: Joyce?s Waking Women: An Introduction to Finnegans Wake (Wisconsin, 1995) selections.

Matthew J.C. Hodgart & Ruth Bauerle: Joyce?s Grand Operoar: Opera in Finnegans Wake (Illinois, 1997) selections.

Eric McLuhan: The Role of Thunder in Finnegans Wake (1997).

Jean-Luc Nancy: The Birth to Presence (Stanford, trans. 1993) selections.

Erik S. Roraback: ?Artistic Authority, Interpretation and Economic Power: Joyce?s Finnegans Wake? (Hypermedia Joyce Studies, 2003).

William York Tindall: A Reader?s Guide to Finnegans Wake (Syracuse, 1969) as a reference tool only.

Audio material that we shall use:

James Joyce: ?James Joyce Reading: Selections from Ulysses and Finnegans Wake? (1924)


To receive credit for the seminar students will be required to have no more than three absences and to submit a final essay of 2500-3500 words. (For specialization students, e.g. in Irish Cultural Studies, a longer final essay of 4000 words will also be required in addition to the essay for credit and will be graded písemná práce.)