Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (Hardback)Finn Fordham (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 585 g
Dimensions: 240 x 163 x 22 mm
Fordham's book is one of the most engaging and original studies of Finnegans Wake to appear in a very long time...Fordham has done Joyce's readers a great service by opening up this Pandora's box of inquiry. * Jed Deppman, Review of English Studies *
Fordham provides readings of Joyce's language with an improvisational air that belies the sheer erudition informing his writing. Like the Wake itself, there are flashes of insight and brilliance. * Forum for Modern Language Studies *
Wonderful. It does the most difficult thing - it renders the book more interesting without making it (or Joyce) sound too coherent. It has been really illuminating for me, a great pleasure to read. * Adam Phillips, General Editor of the Penguin Freud *
Certainly one of the best books on the Wake yet published, Lots of Fun is no heavy-handed guidebook or querimonious, would-be summary, but something far more enjoyable and useful: an attempt to experience the Wake on and with its own terms. * Tim Conley, James Joyce Quarterly *
A brilliant study of Joyce's drafting of Finnegans Wake, interesting for its own sake and offering an illuminating approach to reading the text. One of the best books on the Wake to have appeared in the last decade or two, it will appeal to all students of Joyce's work. The introduction will be valuable for those who are new to the Wake, but those who know it well will also find Finn Fordham's able survey extremely useful. * Derek Attridge *
excellent introduction...a commendably open and fluid approach...organically amenable to Joyce's own theory and practice of composition...the principles of genetic criticism are ably demonstrated here, and the value of this method is vouchsafed by Fordham's energetic and scholarly analysis...Fordham [proposes] the idea of character function...a subtle and supple approach, which stays faithful to the linguistic ebb and flow of Joyce's tragicomic heteroglossia. Thanks to the sterling work of Finn Fordham...Finnegans Wake is a garden in which a few more of us may play. * Keith Hopper, Notes and Queries, vol.56, no. 2, 303-6. *
Finn Fordham has given us an important and major new study of Finnegans Wake, one that investigates the book with unparalleld intensity and in a brilliantly unique way. Among its many other accomplishments, Fordham's work contributes powerfully to the renewed upsurge of interest in what Helen Vendler has called "the art of close reading", offering its reader both a compelling defence of the practice and a brilliant exemplification of its exercise. Finn Fordham is a great and electrifying reader. No one else reads the Wake with quite the same kind of depth or intensity...This is a book that should appeal to and reward both the seasoned reader of the Wake and the novice... Its genetic exegeses are mind-widening and fun... [It] is a powerful and thought-provoking new study, one that will stimulate and reward any interested reader of the book. This is first-rate and important work. * John Bishop, James Joyce Broadsheet *
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