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Joyce's Allmaziful Plurabilities: Polyvocal Explorations of Finnegans Wake

Kimberly J. Devlin and Christine Smedley

Abstract

In seventeen new readingsof Finnegans Wake, leading Joyce experts offer diverse critical perspectives on each chapter of Joyce’s masterpiece, paying special attention to the resonances and implications of Joyce’s densely layered word formations. The major effect of Joyce’s ongoing use of portmanteau words in Finnegans Wake is polyvocality: each of the many voices in the text frequently sounds as if it is speaking in multiple tongues. This experimental practice produces double talk, triple talk, and quadruple talk—and yet even more plural evocations of layered diction. The term “polyvocal” is u ... More

Keywords: Polyvocalism, experimentalism, portmanteaux, prodigal experimentalism, myth, feminism, psychoanalysis, game theory, ecocriticism, historicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813061542
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061542.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly J. Devlin, editor
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE

Christine Smedley, editor

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