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Queen's University

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

New Book Published


Impossible Joyce: Finnegans Wakes

by Dr. Patrick O'Neill, professor emeritus in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Queen’s University

In this study, Patrick O’Neill builds on an approach first developed in his book Polyglot Joyce, but deepens his focus by considering Finnegans Wake exclusively. Venturing from Umberto Eco’s assertion that the novel is a machine designed to generate as many meanings as possible for readers, he provides a sustained examination of the textual effects generated by comparative readings of translated excerpts. In doing so, O’Neill makes manifest the ways in which attempts to translate this extraordinary text have resulted in a cumulative extension of Finnegans Wake into an even more extraordinary macrotext encompassing and subsuming its collective renderings (UofT Publishing description)

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