From Moby-Dick to Finnegans Wake: Essays in Close Reading

By Andrzej Kopcewicz

This quantity is a posthumous revised version of chosen papers by means of Andrzej Kopcewicz on vintage works of yankee and Irish fiction, released initially among 1979 and 2005. The ebook opens with introductory sketches: a semi-theoretical one on intertextuality and a semi-historical one at the interplay of low and high literary types. The gist of the e-book are textual analyses of the intricacies and reciprocities of a few of the best-known works through Herman Melville, Frank R. Stockton, Henry Adams, Thomas Pynchon, Gilbert Sorrentino, Donald Barthelme, Paul Auster, Flann O’Brien, and James Joyce. whereas the essays lend themselves to being learn in any order, in addition to in isolation, the underlying Peircean-Joycean premise of the publication is a semiotic-mythical commodius vicus of palimpsestic recirculation. educated by way of a mixture of poetic sensibility and disciplined in addition to erudite brain, the 10 essays accumulated the following reveal that the time table and strategies of the extra conventional shut studying and the extra modern intertextuality aren't specific of one another.

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Interpreting it opposed to Finnegans wake corrects this view. as a result of a nexus of textual displacements at paintings in Gilbert Sorrentino’s narrative, it really is attainable to determine Flann O’Brien’s novel mixing itself into the textual content of Mulligan stew, with either novels knowing themselves of their phantom hypertext, particularly, James Joyce’s Finnegans wake. * Mulligan stew is a singular a couple of novelist, Antony Lamont, writing a unique. equally to Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds, it's a novel of spatially increasing texts. the different chapters of the continuing mental detective novel “Guinea Red”/“Crocodile Tears” inserted in Mulligan stew are almost engulfed in all demeanour of texts – letters to and from Lamont, chapters and fragments of his prior novels, his computing device and scrapbook, a magazine stored by way of one of many characters containing severe commentaries on Lamont’s fiction, poems, a suite of pornographic parodies of affection poetry, a parody of Jewish novel, a bankruptcy mimicking Elizabethan prose, an excerpt of a Western in Irish brogue, fragments of prose by way of one Dermot Trellis (Lamont’s literary rival and arch enemy), ads, quotations lifted from quite a few literary assets (often garbled or bogus), language junk, catalogues and lists, interviews, booklet experiences, literary research and reports of Lamont’s fictional works (mainly unfavourable). in the course of this medley or, extra effectively, in the middle of this cento, the reader also will discover a parody of a masque already released as a separate 1 this can be a revised model of Kopcewicz (2005). utilized by permission of the writer. 178 From Moby-Dick to Finnegans wake e-book through Gilbert Sorrentino in 1974 less than an identical name (Flawless play restored: The masque of Fungo). numerous those texts also are part of the novel’s para-textual body, together with these parts Gérard Genette (1997) calls “epitexts”, texts that typically exist outdoors of the e-book to which they could without delay or in a roundabout way refer (letters, diaries, interviews, experiences, feedback, serious commentaries, pre-texts, in addition to the archaeology of the unconventional – authorial notes and commentaries, statements of cause, plans, blueprints for the unconventional, recorded ahead of and occasionally revised through the act of narrating). In Mulligan stew they're included into the physique of the radical itself and by way of stepping into palimpsestic dating with its ‘indigenous’ texts and with its intertexts they form the novel’s modal self-consciousness and direct the examining technique alongside self-reflexive and intertextual traces. All of this leads customarily to At Swim-Two-Birds and to Finnegans wake. 2 Mulligan stew’s thematic constitution is self-contained. It entertains its personal self-reflective inside rhythm that permits it to be learn independently of its intertextual dimensions. whilst, the textual content indications time and again the presence of the 2 intertexts. the main obvious indication of Sorrentino’s debt to O’Brien and Joyce are his major characters: Antony Lamont, his sister Shiela, and Dermot Trellis lifted from At Swim-Two-Birds; and Martin Halpin and temptresses: Corrie Corriendo and Berthe Delamode taken from Finnegans wake.

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