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Joyce's Allmaziful PlurabilitiesPolyvocal Explorations of Finnegans Wake$
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Kimberly J. Devlin and Christine Smedley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061542

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061542.001.0001

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The “gift of seek on site”

The “gift of seek on site”

The Subject of Prophecy in I.1

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(p.14) 1 The “gift of seek on site”
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Joyce's Allmaziful Plurabilities
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John Terrill

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061542.003.0002

John Terrill reads Finnegans Wake as impossible detective fiction, with its proposed ciphers remaining beyond readerly solution. He connects these mysteries to biblical prophecy, the book of Daniel in particular—an important pretext to I.1 that has been glossed in annotation but never explained. Terrill proceeds to delineate the ambiguous status of several male prophets: their roles as creative and sexualized beings, as slavish translators of preauthorized meanings, or as privileged amanuenses to higher sources of knowledge. He then turns to the function and place of women in these largely androcentric hierarchies of linguistic transmission. Focusing on Kate and ALP, Terrill illustrates how women on occasion escape the position of passive repository of the logos, by creating eclectic and restive semantic systems, in female voices or writings.

Keywords:   Bible, Book of Daniel, biblical prophets, ALP, semantics, feminist criticism

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