Illuminating The Wake no.31

Welcome to ‘Illuminating the Wake’ where I get to share my personal approach to reading Finnegans Wake, a process of ‘reading-through-drawing’. Like many Wake readers, as I work my way through the book I habitually add my own annotations. These scrawled notes usually represent immediate responses to what I find in the text, rather than […]

Illuminating The Wake no. 28

‘Illuminating the Wake’ is where I get to share my own particular approach to reading Finnegans Wake, a process I have come to consider as of ‘reading-through-drawing’.  Like many readers of the Wake, I find it helpful to add my own annotations to the text as I work my way through the book.  These annotations […]

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. 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 […]

Guest Blog: Illuminating the WAKE with Clinton Cahill: part 15

Though last month I mentioned that in this post I would look at HCE’s encounter with ‘the Cad’, I’ve decided to forego that pleasure for the moment and dwell for a while on pages 33 and 34, which concern HCE’s indiscretion and early rumours that challenge his reputation.  We’ll deal with ‘the Cad’ next time. […]