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Here Comes Everybody: Technopoetics and Mystical Tradition in Joyce

in The Indiscrete Image

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226093154
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226093178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226093178.003.0009
Here Comes Everybody: Technopoetics and Mystical Tradition in Joyce

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This chapter reads James Joyce's Finnegans Wake to recapitulate, in light of the emerging technomodernity that informs the poetic work of the Wake, the structure and movement of a dynamic and mystical cosmos whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere—a cosmos where, as in the poetic technomodernity the work also evokes throughout, a subject absent or opaque to itself proves, in and through its very own unknowing, ever to create and recreate itself and its world. The intersection or interweaving Joyce realizes between the depths of mystical tradition and the currency of an emerging technological postmodernity opens a path for rethinking not only “tradition” and its presumed delimitations, but also the role these might play in placing or locating—which means in defining—the human.

Keywords: James Joyce; Finnegans Wake; technomodernity; cosmos; technological postmodernity; human

Chapter.  16110 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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