On this day…23 June

On 23 June 1668 Giambattista Vico was born. The eighteenth-century Italian philosopher and rhetorician Giambattista Vico was born in Naples on 23 June 1668. The theory of history that Vico proposed in his best-known work, Scienza nuova (New Science, 1725), was of importance to Joyce in the composition of Finnegans Wake. Vico’s New Science (different […]

On this day…16 November

On 16 November 1924 Joyce announced the latest breakthrough with his new work. The pieces that Joyce started writing in 1923 seemed entirely disparate though Joyce felt sure they would grow into one another to form his new work. Joyce used metaphors of tunnelling to describe the process he was engaged in, and in November […]