Joyce and the Invention of Irish History: Finnegans Wake in Context by Thomas C. HofheinzJoyce and the Invention of Irish History: Finnegans Wake in Context by Thomas C. Hofheinz

Joyce and the Invention of Irish History: Finnegans Wake in Context

byThomas C. Hofheinz

Paperback | August 5, 2010

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This incisive and original study of James Joyce's work explores Joyce's vivid fictional treatment of Irish historical writing, especially in Finnegans Wake. Linking Joyce's work to current historical criticism, recent Irish historiography and antiquarianism, and the Catholic providential history of Vico's New Science, Hofheinz shows how Joyce used historical sources to illuminate deep and prevalent human problems in the modern era of Ireland. The book raises questions central to Irish identity in cultural, social, familial, and psychological terms.
Title:Joyce and the Invention of Irish History: Finnegans Wake in ContextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:August 5, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521152704

ISBN - 13:9780521152709

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction: the subject of Ireland in Finnegans Wake; 2. Conditions for historical study of Finnegans Wake; 3. Naming and claiming: Irish topological history and Finnegans Wake; 4. The annals of themselves: Irish historical writing and Joyce's primal patriarchy; 5. Vico, natural law philosophy, and Joyce's Ireland; 6. Unfolding the map; Bibliography; Index.

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"In an essay that achieves an admirable balance between theoretical, historical and interpretive material, Hofheinz argues for a reading of Joyce's novel as 'a cipher for the modern Irish historical predicament'....The result is a reading of Finnegans Wake that is both dazzling and informative...a reading of Finnegans Wake that is both dazzling and informative, and among the finest expositions of Vico's importance to Joyce...I know. " Journal of English and Germanic Philology