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The role of thunder in Finnegans wake

Author: Eric McLuhan
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"James Joyce's use of ten one hundred-letter words in Finnegans Wake has always been an intriguing feature of that novel. Eric McLuhan takes a new approach by placing the Wake in the tradition of Menippean satire, where language is used to shock and provoke. Seen in this light, Joyce's peculiar language and style become part of this Menippean tradition through his use of the linguistic 'thunderclap.'" "The Role of  Read more...
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Named Person: James Joyce; James Joyce; James Joyce
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric McLuhan
ISBN: 0802009239 9780802009234
OCLC Number: 35974886
Description: xvii, 340 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Cynic Satire --
Finnegans Wake as Cynic Satire: An Ancient Attack on Modern Culture --
The First Thunderclap: The First Technologies --
The Second Thunderclap: The Prankquean: She (Stoops) to Conjure --
Courtship by Piracy --
The Third Thunderclap: HCE, The 'New Womanly Man' --
The Fourth Thunderclap: The Fall of the Garden Itself --
The Fifth Thunderclap: Belinda the Hen --
The Sixth Thunderclap: The Phoenix Playhouse --
The Seventh Thunderclap: Radio --
The Eighth Thunderclap: Sound Film: The Royal Wedding --
The Ninth Thunderclap: The Reciprocating Engine --
The Tenth Thunderclap: Television: The Charge of the Light Brigade --
Conclusion --
App. 1. On the Composition of the Thunders --
App. 2. Outline of the Menippean Tradition.
Responsibility: Eric McLuhan.
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The study establishes the nature and aims of Finnegans Wake as Menippean satire and interprets the Wake in that light. McLuhan examines Joyce's use of language, and in particular his use of ten  Read more...

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