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Joyce and Geometry

Ciaran McMorran

Abstract

Following the development of non-Euclidean geometries from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, Euclid’s system came to be re-conceived as a language for describing reality rather than a set of transcendental laws. As Henri Poincaré famously put it, “[i]f several geometries are possible, is it certain that our geometry [...] is true?” By examining James Joyce’s linguistic play and conceptual engagement with ground-breaking geometric constructs in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, this book explores how his topographical writing of place encapsulates a common crisis between geometric and linguistic mo ... More

Keywords: Giordano Bruno, Euclid, Finnegans Wake, James Joyce, language, modernity, non-Euclidean geometry, Henri Poincaré, Ulysses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066288
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066288.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ciaran McMorran, author