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Language as Prayer in Finnegans Wake$
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Colleen Jaurretche

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066370

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066370.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

“Sacrilegious Languages”

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(p.1) Introduction
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Language as Prayer in Finnegans Wake
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Colleen Jaurretche

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066370.003.0001

The introduction shows Joyce’s preoccupation with prayer across all of his works in demonstration of his ongoing use of it as a mode of language. Focusing on the writings of Origen, Giambattista Vico, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and J. L. Austin, the introduction lays out how prayer is a theory of language through exegesis of the Lord’s Prayer as it appears in Finnegans Wake (as Isolde’s night prayer). The introduction concludes by making the case that the four parts of the Wake are progressive and cohere around concepts of language as prayer.

Keywords:   Origen, Giambattista Vico, Ludwig Wittgenstein, J. L. Austin, Lord’s Prayer, Isolde’s night prayer

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