Finnegans Awake: The Dream of Interpretation

  title={Finnegans Awake: The Dream of Interpretation},
  author={Derek Attridge},
  journal={James Joyce Quarterly},
  pages={185 - 202}
  • D. Attridge
  • Published 23 November 2014
  • Art, Psychology
  • James Joyce Quarterly
This essay examines the notion that Finnegans Wake is the representation of a dream. It argues that a reader coming to the work with no prior assumptions would be unlikely to regard it as a dream, since there is little internal evidence for this interpretation; that, although Joyce promoted the idea that the Wake is connected to sleep, it was Edmund Wilson who first claimed the work represents a single dream; and that this perspective nevertheless offers a productive way of reading the Wake… 
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