The Pleasure Reinciple or Paradox Lost

Hélène Cixous

in Volleys of Humanity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639038
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653638 | DOI:
The Pleasure Reinciple or Paradox Lost

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This chapter examines the ‘adomical’ motif of the ‘Phoenix’. This motif is secretly associated with the theme of Sin in the beginning of the Portrait of the Artist. The chapter first studies Finnegans Wake, which contains a combination of different levels of meaning and usually paradoxical interferences. It then looks at the role of the phoenix and Phoenix Park in the life of Joyce's Earwicker family. Finally, the chapter considers the Augustinian theme of felix culpa and the Wakean signifier.

Keywords: Phoenix; Sin; Portrait of the Artist; Finnegans Wake; levels of meaning; paradoxical interferences; felix culpa; Wakean signifier; Earwicker family

Chapter.  3857 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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