The Books at the Wake: A Study of Literary Allusions in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake

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Southern Illinois University Press, Oct 23, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 306 pages

In Finnegans Wake Joyce uses world lit苟rature, great and small, sacred and pro苯ane, as one of the most important and frequent of his sources. Setting out to ex計lore these literary allusions, Mr. Atherton sheds a great deal of light upon other as計ects of Joyce’s work. Entire chapters are devoted to such major figures as Swift and Lewis Carroll, while less important influences are grouped together under such headings as “The Irish Writers” and “The Fathers of the Church.” He also sur赳eys the various interpretations of Finnegans Wake, and makes use of the Letters of James Joyce and the manuscript of Fin要egans Wake in the British Museum.

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