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At FaultJoyce and the Crisis of the Modern University$
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Sebastian D.G. Knowles

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056920

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056920.001.0001

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Finnegans Wake for Dummies

Finnegans Wake for Dummies

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(p.70) 3 Finnegans Wake for Dummies
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At Fault
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Sebastian D.G. Knowles

Sebastian D.G. Knowles

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056920.003.0004

Chapter 3 argues that there is a way to read and understand Finnegans Wake, if we can only read according to a new path that starts in the middle and works out to the beginning and the end. Included is a report of a successful experiment in pedagogy that read the Wake in outwardly radiating circles, as dictated by the principle of ascending difficulty, beginning with the easiest sections and working out to the hardest ones. This “spiral reading” path then turns out to track very closely the process of Joyce’s compositional process, and so gives us an insight into Joyce’s method. A syllabus for the original course is included as an Appendix, in an invitation to future teachers.

Keywords:   pedagogy, compositional process, spiral reading, Joyce, Finnegans Wake

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