Mind Your Hats Goan In!:
An Introduction to Finnegans WAKE –
SPEAKER: Terence KILLEEN
Thurs 26 Oct 2017-7.30pm- United Arts Club- details below
Terence KILLEEN leads a reading group on Finnegans Wake at the James Joyce Centre.
Terence KILLEEN is the author of “Ulysses Unbound“, and writes for the Irish Times.
He is a member and former chairman of the James Joyce Institute of Ireland.
riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs….
In Finnegans Wake, his final work, James Joyce created a new way of telling stories. Intertwining comical dreamlike narratives depict the Earwicker family at their pub beside the Liffey at Chapelizod: HCE, his wife Anna Livia Plurabelle, their two sons, and their daughter Isolde.
Joyce also conceived of his book as a dream of the mythical hero, Finn MacCumhal, and watching the history of Ireland and the world – past and future – flow through his mind like flotsam on the river of life. This dream history is circular, like the seasons of the year or the human life – birth, marriage, death, and resurrection.
Central to Finnegans Wake is Dublin itself – along with the Liffey and Howth Head – just as in Ulysses. Seen from across Dublin bay, Howth looks like a person asleep or laid out for a wake. For Joyce, the River Liffey, Anna Livia, is like the cycle of life. From its source in the Wicklow mountains, it trickles and grows. It flows past HCE’s pub, the Eden of the Phoenix Park, bringing life to the city (and water to the Guinness brewery!). She then passes out into the sea where she is absorbed, and is taken up into the atmosphere to fall again as rain in Wicklow….
An end is implied in a wake –lamenting or toasting the corpse is intended to escort the soul to the afterlife- but also a beginning, for after sleep, we wake.
Finnegans Wake begins and ends in mid sentence, leading us back to
…riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s
2017 is the:
– 10th year of Mythic Links
– 6th year of the Joseph CAMPBELL® Mythological Round Table® Group of Dublin at Mythic Links Ireland which has been awarded CHARTER status by the Joseph Campbell Foundation –www.jcf.org
James JOYCE was a significant source of inspiration in Joseph Campbell’s lectures and writings. Campbell wrote the “The Skeleton Key to Finnegan’s Wake” in 1944. In the collection “Mythic Worlds, Modern Worlds”, Campbell examines Joyce’s trio of novels, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and the labyrinthine Finnegans Wake. See http://www.jcroundtable.com
Mind Your Hats Goan In!:
An Introduction to Finnegans Wake –