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Language as Prayer in Finnegans Wake

Colleen Jaurretche


James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake abounds with prayers from all traditions, and their echoes and cadences may be found on almost every page. Bringing together thinkers from antiquity, the Middle Ages, early Enlightenment, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book argues that Joyce views prayer as theory of language. It gives Joyce a verbal strategy for discussing immaterial things from which he composes his book of the night: image, magic, dreams, and speech. Beginning with the second-century theologian Origen’s treatise On Prayer, as well as the eighteenth-century philosopher and rheto ... More

Keywords: Finnegans Wake, prayer, analytical philosophy, language, genetic criticism, Giambattista Vico, Origen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066370
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen Jaurretche, author
University of California, Los Angeles

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