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[singlepic id=436 w=320 h=240 float=left] Well, alright. More Nietzsche, then, as Mulligan closes the loop on his Zarathustra-inspired teaching.  One of the ways Friedrich’s term “ubermensch” has been translated is “superman.”  Whether Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had the German philosopher in mind when they invented the noblest superhero of them all is a matter […]

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[singlepic id=435 w=320 h=240 float=left] The unwanted suitors in Ithaca (in Homer’s Odyssey) are described as eating and drinking up all the wealth of the household, as they wait for Penelope to make a decision about whether to remarry.  Mulligan has no compunction about living off the charity of others, which is even more galling […]

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[singlepic id=433 w=320 h=240 float=left] Mulligan engages in a little smack-talking before diving in the water. Self-consciously or boastfully, he stands naked before jumping in and shows off his Nietzsche, and though he’s joking, he’s also revealing his not-so-secret desire to be linked with Stephen as a superman, as the architect of a new age. […]

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[singlepic id=397 w=320 h=240 float=left] Having left the tower, Mulligan, Haines, and Stephen walk towards the sea. Mulligan is beating the grass with his towel, seeming playful, but when Haines asks about the rent, he quickly inserts himself into the conversation. In an early version of this drawing, we had attributed the statement about the […]

Illuminating the WAKE with Clinton Cahill: Part 2

Welcome to the second post of Illuminating the WAKE! One of the many things that appeal to me about Finnegans Wake is its accommodation of highly structured and whimsically random elements. New ‘nodes’ of meaning and their associated visual impressions form with each reading – familiar motifs emerge in different guises and in re-arranged ‘views’.  […]