Clinton Cahill Illuminating The Wake no. 26

  ‘As the lion in our teargarten remembers the nenuphars of his Nile…’       This chapter of Finnegans Wake begins with the besieged Earwicker still dwelling on what he regards as his unfortunate beguilement by ‘those liliths’, those ‘charmermisses’ (chamber maids – Edenic snake charmers?) the two young girls on whom he seems […]

Clinton Cahill’s Illuminating The Wake no. 24

After a ‘canoodling’ interlude, discussed in my previous post, inquiries into Earwicker’s conduct resume. In an evocative alignment of two forms of container, questions are raised concerning the missing letter and the stolen coffin. We have a policeman’s court account of HCE’s notorious encounter with the Cad, followed by a section about the two girls […]

Clinton Cahill’s Illuminating the Wake no. 22

FW p. 61.28 – 62.4, charcoal   In my previous post I discussed the visualization of various personages interviewed about Earwicker’s character, reputation and deeds.  The images in this post are of a section of the text over pages 61 – 64.  The section starts with the casting of doubt on the reliability memory, of […]

On this day…13 October

On 13 October 1922 Joyce was in Marseille en route to Nice where he began Finnegans Wake.   Around this time, Joyce was suffering recurrent problems with his eyes but nonetheless was trying to identify misprints in the first edition of Ulysses. Partly to help his eyesight, he travelled to Nice where he remained until […]