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1939 __ « Finnegan’s Wake »
James Joyce (1882-1941)
Comment : James A. Connor, writing on James Joyce's convoluted Finnegan's Wake, points to a section of book II chapter 3 where dreamers are connected by radios, and their dreams are made of signals sent and received. Connor further proposes that the bodies of the dreamers themselves become radios: "While the dreamers are connected by dream radio, their bodies are themselves bound into the circuit ... The dreamer does not merely listen. The dreamer is the signal, the message, and the noise. The dreamer sends and receives." (Connor, James A. "Radio Free Joyce: Wake Language and the Experience of Radio"). Thus transception, the ability to send and receive, lies not so much in the technology as in the interplay of the dreams of the people themselves. Joyce's dreamscape is erratic and dynamic, powered by strange radio technology. (Anna Friz, "When cities sleep, what dreams may come? ", 2005 Joseph Campbell, "A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake", 'Demonstration', 1972, p. 28)
Original excerpt : « Now, patience; and remember patience is the great thing, and above all things else we must avoid anything like being or be-coming out of patience. A good plan used by worried business folk who may not have had many momentums to master Kung’s doctrine of the meang or the propriety codestruces of Carpri-mustimus is just to think of all the sinking fund of patience pos.sessed in their conjoint names by both brothers Bruce with whom are incorporated their Scotch spider and Elberfeld’s Calculating Horses. If after years upon years of delving in ditches dark one tubthumper more than others, Kinihoun or Kahanan, giardarner or mear measenmanonger, has got up for the darnall same pur-pose of reassuring us with all the barbar of the Carrageehouse that our great ascendant was properly speaking three syllables less than his own surname (yes, yes, less!), that the ear of Fionn Earwicker aforetime was the trademark of a broadcaster with wicker local jargon for an ace’s patent (Hear! Calls! Everywhair!) then as to this radiooscillating epiepistle to which, cotton, silk or samite, kohol, gall or brickdust, we must ceaselessly return, where-abouts exactly at present in Siam, Hell or Tophet under that glorisol which plays touraloup with us in this Aludin’s Cove of our cagacity is that bright soandsuch to slip us the dinkum oil?.Whyfor had they, it is Hiberio-Miletians and Argloe-Noremen, donated him, birth of an otion that was breeder to sweatoslaves, as mysterbolder, forced in their waste, and as for Ibdullin what of Himana, that their tolvtubular high fidelity daildialler, as modern as tomorrow afternoon and in appearance up to the minute (hearing that anybody in that ruad duchy of Wollinstown schemed to halve the wrong type of date) equipped with supershielded umbrella antennas for distance getting and connected by the magnetic links of a Bellini-Tosti coupling system with a vitaltone speaker, capable of capturing skybuddies, harbour craft emittences, key clickings, vaticum cleaners, due to woman formed mobile or man made static and bawling the whowle hamshack and wobble down in an eliminium sounds pound so as to serve him up a melegoturny marygoraumd, eclectrically filtered for allirish earths and ohmes. This harmonic condenser enginium (the Mole) they caused to be worked from a magazine battery (called the Mimmim Bimbim patent number 1132, Thorpetersen and Synds, Jomsborg, Selverbergen) which was tuned up by twintriodic singulvalvulous pipelines (lackslipping along as if their liffing deepunded on it) with a howdrocephalous enlargement, a gain control of circumcentric megacycles ranging from the antidulibnium onto the serostaatarean. They finally caused, or most leastways brung it about somehows (that) the pip of the lin (to) pinnatrate inthro an auricular forfickle (known as the Vakingfar sleeper, mono-fractured by Piaras UaRhuamhaighaudhlug, tympan founder Eustache Straight, Bauliaughacleeagh) a meatous conch culpable of cunduncing Naul and Santry and the forty routs of Corthy with the concertiums of the Brythyc Symmonds Guild, the Ropemakers Reunion, the Variagated Peddlars Barringoy Bnibrthirhd, the Askold Olegsonder Crowds of the O'Keef-Rosses and Rhosso-Keevers of Zastwoking, the Ligue of Yahooth O.S.V. so as to lall the bygone dozed they arborised around, up his corpular fruent and down his reuctionary buckling, hummer, enville and cstorrap (the man of Iren, thore's Curlymane for you!), lill the lubberendth of his otological life. » (James Joyce, “Finnegan's Wake”, Book II, Chapter 3, pp 309-310)
Source : Connor, James A. (1997), "Radio Free Joyce: Wake Language and the Experience of Radio" in “Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies”, Adalaide Morris, ed. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1997. pp. 21.
Source : James, Joyce (1939), “Finnegan's Wake”, London: Penguin Books, 1992.
Source : Friz, Anna (2005), “When Cities Sleep, What Dreams May Come?”, In Reverie-Noise City, Peter Courtemanche, ed. Vancouver:The Western Front, 2005, 22-27.
Urls : http://projects.front.bc.ca/2005/reverie/about/info_frames.html (last visited ) http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/j/joyce/james/j8f/complete.html (last visited ) http://wikilivres.info/wiki/Finnegans_Wake (last visited )

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