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Eleni Loukopoulou

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062242

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062242.001.0001

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The Geohistory of Two Cities in Finnegans Wake

The Geohistory of Two Cities in Finnegans Wake

(p.83) 3 The Geohistory of Two Cities in Finnegans Wake
Up to Maughty London

Eleni Loukopoulou

University Press of Florida

“The Geohistory of Two Cities in Finnegans Wake” examines Joyce’s interest in contemporary London-set writings, taking as a case study H. M. Tomlinson’s book London River (1921). Through textual comparisons, it analyzes how the “Anna Livia Plurabelle” section of Finnegans Wake, which captures textually Dublin’s river, the Liffey is inflected by Tomlinson’s writings about the Thames. The last part of the chapter aims to pin down the geo-historical concerns about London and Dublin prevalent in Joyce’s work by investigating the textual presence of London in Finnegans Wake through a plethora of portmanteau words. Such references culminate in the formation of the word “Londub” produced by Joyce for the monumental finale of the book in November 1938. Thus, Clayton’s insightful formation “Londublin” to discuss the negotiations of power and textual interaction between London and Dublin in Ulysses will be pitched against Joyce’s “Londub” to explore how Finnegans Wake describes a dialogue and a correspondence between the two cities in equal terms.

Keywords:   H. M. Tomlinson, London River, Anna Livia Plurabelle, Finnegans Wake, portmanteau words, James Joyce, Ulysses

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