Time: 8pm, Tuesday 25th
Location: Ranelagh Arts Centre
Finnegans Wake and the Hisperica Famina., Diarmuid Curraoin James Joyce’s ‘ Finnegans Wake ‘ is considered by many to be the defining work of the twentieth century’s avant garde literary movement, the moment at which Modernism reached its glorious and opaque zenith. The complex and idiosyncratic language of the work ,replete, as it is, with neologisms, puns and portmanteau words, is often therefore taken to be a structural rejection of all that had gone before, the antithesis of the traditional. This is to forget, however, that the obscurantism for which ‘ Finnegans Wake ‘ is famous, is not entirely unique to it, that writers of the early Irish Golden Age engaged in the self-same multilingual wordplay with similar thematic results. The ‘ Hisperica Famina ‘ is probably the best known of these ancient Irish texts. In the course of this lecture the connections between it and ‘ Finnegans Wake ‘ will be examined and the extent of its influence on Joyce assessed.