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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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Book III

Book III


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Language as Prayer in Finnegans Wake

Colleen Jaurretche

University Press of Florida

This chapter envisions the Wake as part of the tradition of dream vision literature. Beginning with the first critical writing on the Wake that sought to contextualize the book as such, and reassessing more contemporary views that the Wake is not part of the genre, the chapter lays out the tradition from the origins of English poetry and demonstrates Joyce’s adaptation and conformity with it. Part of the chapter engages Giordano Bruno’s extensive writings on dreaming and sight. The chapter takes into consideration the end result of dreaming—awakening—and situates the Wake as an aubade as well as an example of dream vision. In so doing it connects Joyce’s work to possible sources of inspiration, such as Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Bishop, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Dream of the Rood, and Richard Rolle, and looks into the criticism of Derek Attridge, Edmund Wilson, and John Bishop.

Keywords:   dream vision, Giordano Bruno, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edmund Wilson, Derek Attridge, John Bishop, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Dream of the Rood, aubade, Richard Rolle

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