By James S. Atherton
In Finnegans Wake Joyce makes use of international literature, nice and small, sacred and profane, as some of the most very important and common of his resources. getting down to explore those literary allusions, Mr. Atherton sheds loads of mild upon different aspects of Joyce’s paintings. complete chapters are dedicated to such significant figures as quick and Lewis Carroll, whereas less significant affects are grouped jointly lower than such headings as “The Irish Writers” and “The Fathers of the Church.” He additionally surveys many of the interpretations of Finnegans Wake, and uses the Letters of James Joyce and the manuscript of Finnegans Wake within the British Museum.
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Smith, according to which 'Mrs. ' The reply which Mrs. •. s Joyce's pardonable annoyance appears in the Wake between pages 419 and 424. 12) are samples of it. But I am not sure how seriously Joyce took spiritualism, and the only axiom that I can ascribe in part to his reading in spiritualism and the occult is that certain numbers have undescribed but magical properties. ARTHUR SYMONS It is to be expected that Joyce would be interested in the occult for it was a topic constantly discussed in literary circles in Dublin during his formative years as a writer.
367. , p. 381. • Nicholas de Cusa, De Docta Ignorantia, III, 3, 46. • For example there is an entire paragraph from 'Lo dotta ignoranza del Cusano' quoted in the 4th dialogne of De l'infinito v:niversi e mondi. l GIORDANO BRUNO Bruno and Nicholas of Cusa alike believed in the coincidence of contraries. 8) because they are 'equals of opposites . . 8). Bruno also stated in his Of the Infinite Universe and Innumerable Worlds that 'The actual and. lld myth have equal validity. Maria Martin, Hamlet and the Duke of Wellington are characters of the same kind.
E. 14). 30) connects this to Hogg who is usually brought in in some similar way when fiends are mentioned. 'To be upright as his match ... 23), says Yaun of one of his 'anti-selves'. e Wake derive from Hogg's book in which much of the action takes place in that city. 35), just as it was the devil who was responsible for the trouble in the garden of Eden. 2). ' The eifec( of this splitting up of characters in Finnegans Wake, or of their possession by devils, is to produce continual examples of the theme of the 'Warring Brothers'.
The books at the wake: a study of literary allusions in James Joyce's Finnegans wake by James S. Atherton