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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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Performing Issy

Performing Issy

(p.203) 8 Performing Issy
At Fault

Sebastian D.G. Knowles

University Press of Florida

The pedagogy of “outlaw teaching” is presented as a way of bringing risk into the classroom, as Joyce encourages us to do. Reading Ulysses aloud is one way of getting students to become familiar with risk-taking, and some tongue-in-cheek guidelines for such a reading are presented. An extended example of the benefits of such an approach is given with a reading of the “Night Lessons” chapter of Finnegans Wake, as a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, sometime prior to the selling of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Issy, the writer of the footnotes in this chapter, is rearticulated through narrative voicing as a baseball announcer, and the section takes on new life through the admittedly strained analogy of an inning-by-inning analysis of 20 pages of Finnegans Wake. The value of the enterprise is in its method: the author is modeling an approach to centrifugal reading that transforms the Wake into a reading game.

Keywords:   baseball, Ulysses, “Night Lessons”, Finnegans Wake, pedagogy, risk-taking, Issy, narrative voicing

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