Semiotic Perturbations: What The Frog's Eye Tells Us About Finnegans Wake

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Dr.. Mark Nunes, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Finnegans Wake presents a semiotic dilemma for the reader: How is it that the Wake means anything? And, Why doesn't it mean everything? To gesture, somewhat metonymically, toward the Wake itself: It is told in sounds in utter that, in signs so adds to, in universal, in polygluttural, in each auxiliary neutral idiom, sordomutics, florilingua, sheltafocal, flayflutter, a con's cubane, a pro's tutute, strassarab, ereperse and anythongue athall. [FW 117.12-16] As such, Finnegans Wake lays bare the dilemma of semiotics in general: that is, the problem of signification and indeterminacy of meaning.

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Nunes, M. (2004). "Semiotic Perturbations: What The Frog's Eye Tells Us About Finnegans Wake." Hypermedia Joyce Studies 5.1 (2004). Version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2004
James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, semiotics, Umberto Eco

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