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What "Irish Oath" sounds like "Thoth"?

In Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the protagonist, Stephen Dedalus, has the following daydream while gazing at a flock of birds: A sense of fear of the unknown moved in the heart of his ...
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What does Joyce mean by this description of an accent in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?

There are a lot of references to accents and speech in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, to make it clear to the reader that the protagonist, Stephen Dedalus, is keenly aware of them. These are ...
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In Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, how can the reader intuit the meaning of "champagne" in the first chapter?

In chapter 1 of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen is home from school for Christmas and overhears his family talking. He hears this exchange between his father, Mr Dedalus, and the family ...
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Is there any deeper reason as to why Joyce chose the Latin name for Odysseus when he titled Ulysses?

I only learned recently that Ulysses is the Latin version of the Greek name Odysseus. It made me wonder why Joyce chose it over the Greek for his novel Ulysses. Apparently there's a very prosaic ...
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Why is Gravity’s Rainbow considered postmodern, yet Finnegans Wake is not?

Why is Gravity’s Rainbow considered postmodern, yet Finnegans Wake is not? Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) has been received as a canonical instance of postmodernism. See Pynchon, ...
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What is the full wordplay that Joyce employs in "siparioramoci" in Finnegans Wake?

What is the full wordplay that Joyce employs in "Siparioramoci" from Finnegans Wake Part III Chapter 2 [468.20]. It arises in the following short paragraph quoted in full. A long winded Jaun/...
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Where is the yellow in "pasqualines" from Finnegans Wake?

Can we see the color yellow in the word "pasqualines" from Finnegans Wake chapter III.2? Shaun as Jaun is lecturing to his sister Issy and her 28 rainbow girls. [432.30] Is it rubrics, ...
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Has there ever been a stage production of Chapter 15 of Ulysses?

Chapter 15 of Ulysses, "Circe" is written in the form of a play script, complete with stage directions. When I first read it, I idly wondered whether or not anyone had ever attempted to ...
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What is Leopold doing in the chapter Aeolus in Ulysses?

In Aeolus, Leopold is in a newspaper office to do something. I've never quite understood what that is. He is not a reporter. He asks someone to cut out an ad, so that he can run it by the printers. ...
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Who is “our greatest living phonetic expert” in “Ulysses”?

In chapter 12 of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the narrator describes an “exhibition of cynanthropy” which comprises, among other achievements, the recitation of verse. Our greatest living phonetic expert (...
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How is it possible to create a definitive edition of Finnegans Wake?

In recent news, the publisher Houyhnhnm Press released a limited edition copy of Finnegans Wake based on 30 years of work by scholars to refine and revise the text. There are apparently some 9000 ...
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What is meant by "descent of their last end"?

What does "the descent of their last end" mean in James Joyce's The Dead? His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the ...
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What is the reference to the sixth month of pregnancy in Ulysses?

In the annotations in Penguin's Ulysses: Annotated Student Edition, Kiberd says that "the six month of pregnancy" beings in the paragraph "Our worthy acquaintance, Mr Malachi Mulligan, ...
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Alma's annotations to Chapter 14 of Ulysses

(If this question does not fit this site, let me know and I'll delete it). I'm considering buying the "Annotated Edition" of Ulysses published by Alma Classics. I was wondering about the ...
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Annotations to Ulysses that help understand its sentences literally?

I read Ulysses once, and I used the following sources for annotations: The annotations at the end of Penguin's Ulysses: Annotated Student Edition, by Declan Kiberd Gifford's Ulysses annotated The ...
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What does "perverse madonna" mean?

What is a "perverse madonna"? In the short story "The Boarding House" by James Joyce, Polly is compared to a "perverse madonna". Polly was a slim girl of nineteen; she ...
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In Finnegans Wake, is Shem dead tonight?

Is Shem dead tonight? I was alerted to this possibility, non-authoritatively, by Porter Girl, whose name provides further "proof" that Joyce wrote all his significant future readers into ...
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In chapter I.5 of Finnegans Wake, how are the "paper wounds" ordered?

In chapter I.5 [page 124 line 3] of Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, the "Stop. Please stop. Do please stop. O do please stop" motif is associated with four punctuation marks. These paper ...
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Did Joyce "estimate" how many readers would understand Finnegans Wake?

I'm pretty sure I once (a long time ago) read a Joyce quote where he said that only twelve (or was it thirteen?) readers would ever fully understand Finnegans Wake. But I couldn't convince Google to ...
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Meaning of "bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthur-nuk!"

From Finnegans Wake, What is the meaning of this word? In context: The fall (bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthur- nuk!) of a once ...
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In Finnegans Wake, what could "enos chalked halltraps" refer to?

In Finnegans Wake, what could the phrase "enos chalked halltraps" refer to? Some, possibly flawed, attempt at pest control? [30.1] Now (to forebare for ever solittle of Iris Trees and Lili ...
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Did James Joyce's writing style influence Ernest Hemingway?

I'm doing a comparison paper, and I think there is something in common between Joyce's and Hemingway's short story writing: concise but powerful. Is there any evidence that Hemingway's writing style ...
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Typographical inconsistency in James Joyce's "Araby"

Sorry if this a fussy question, but in teaching "Araby" I have found that there is an inconsistency between editions that must be a typo, but I can't figure out which version is correct. Just after ...
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Does Joyce, in Finnegans Wake or Ulysses, link the sound form "hoe" to "whore"?

Does Joyce, in Finnegans Wake or Ulysses, link the sound form "hoe" to "whore", as in the current day "ho"? For example, is it probable that Joyce intended the (additional) modern day pun in the ...
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Does "egourge" in Finnegans Wake derive from the Greek "egoourgos" meaning "worker for the self"?

Finnwake.com claims that "egourge", in the following line from Finnegans Wake (p.g. 49-50), derives from "egoourgos (gr) - worker for the self", but Google Translate does not seem to know of any word "...
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Where and how did James Joyce condemn Hamlet as a failure?

Earlier this year, someone asked Why did T.S. Eliot make a statement that 'Coriolanus' was Shakespeare's masterpiece and that 'Hamlet' was an artistic failure? If the Wikipedia article about William ...
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Does Joyce use interior monologue in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"?

Certainly the narrative of A Portrait reflects a developing narrator (in turn reflecting Stephen's development), and so the child-like first paragraph, Once upon a time and a very good time it was ...
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Who wrote the well-known Outline of Chapter Contents in the Penguin edition of Finnegans Wake?

Who wrote the well-known Outline of Chapter Contents in the Penguin edition of Finnegans Wake? Wikipedia describes the structure of Finnegans Wake as follows. Finnegans Wake comprises seventeen ...
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How do we know that Bloom was never circumcised?

Everyone knows that Bloom was not circumcised (just ask Google). But how do we know this? Hugh Kenner claims it is (371/373). I have read these pages over and over, but don't see it? Despite the ...
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In Ulysses, why does Stephen finally decide not to stay with Bloom?

Ulysses is such a well-commented book that it's hard to find questions which have not been widely explored already. However, there's a simple aspect of character motivation I've been unable to clarify....
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Joyce, Nora Barnacle and Papishee

On page 75 of A Reader's Guide to Finnegan Wake, in analysis of the line "to league his lot, palm and patte, with a papishee [62.9]", Tindall links "papishee" with both ALP and Nora, but without any ...
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In Finnegans Wake, surely these two characters are different, and one is dead?

Since the motivation and argument supporting my question is long, but the question itself is fairly short, I will state the question as a spoiler. If the answer turns out to be indeed yes, then it ...
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In Finnegans Wake, surely the dreamer is this character?

As I see it, Finnegans Wake has two main sections, namely Section A (“dreamland” [1-617.29]) and Section B (“anna’s interior monologue” [617.30-628]). Section A and Section B are my terms and there is ...
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Is the impenetrability of Chapter 14 of Ulysses deliberate, or a consequence of its stylistic pastiches?

Chapter 14 of Joyce's Ulysses, The Oxen of the Sun, frequently changes writing styles as it unfolds. Joyce was attempting to mimic the development of the English language, from its Latin roots through ...
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What is the purpose of all the lists in chapter 12 of Joyce's Ulysses?

Chapter 12 of James Joyce's Ulysses, Cyclops, consists mostly of a first-person comic narrative of men drinking in a pub. The conversation is frequently interrupted, however, by a number of deadpan ...
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Why was/is James Joyce's writing revolutionary for its time?

I love his writing, but I don't know why he is considered one of the great fiction writers in English. Why was James Joyce's writing so "revolutionary" for its time? I know that at one time ...
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What does Stephen Dedalus mean: "History is the nightmare from which I’m trying to awake”?

Source: How to Read Novels Like a Professor (2008) by Thomas C. Foster. p. 247 Middle.   The big, often very uncomfortable, ideas run rampant in those disquieting categories, “minority” and “...
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Why do we see so little mention of Leopold Bloom's social isolation in his internal monologue?

Leopold Bloom is the primary protagonist of Joyce's novel Ulysses. Throughout the novel, we are treated to an extensive transcription of his thoughts and feelings via the stream of consciousness ...
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Is this idea about incompatibility in marriage because of social status found in James Joyce's "The Boarding House"?

I want to know what is Joyce's opinion on Mr. Mooney and Mrs. Mooney's marriage and separation in "The Boarding House." What has he alluded to through that incident? Does he connote any significant ...
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Why is there so much stream of consciousness in Ulysses?

I'm about halfway through Ulysses. What's sustained me through this famously difficult novel is the quality of the prose and characterisation. However, I was struck by the thought that what makes it "...
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Why doesn't James Joyce ever use quotation marks?

None of his books use quotation marks for direct speech. For example: — Will he come? The jejune jesuit! Ceasing, he began to shave with care. — Tell me, Mulligan, Stephen said quietly. — Yes, my ...
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What does Nuvoletta's disappearance signify in Finnegans Wake?

I am studying Samuel Barber's art song "Nuvoletta", whose text is adapted from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. I have not studied Finnegans Wake. The music is very beautiful. As I understand it, ...
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How did Ibsen's writing in A Doll's House influence the James Joyce character Molly Bloom?

How did Ibsen's writing in A Doll's House influence the James Joyce character Molly Bloom? Richard Ellmann in his book James Joyce mentions Joyce reading and getting influenced by Ibsen many times: ...
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What languages should one know to appreciate Finnegans Wake?

I have heard it said that Finnegans Wake is a great work, and my impression is that every sentence has one or two words being a pun of an English word and at least one valid word of another language. ...
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