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James Joyce Incorporates the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Theory to Consolidate Opposites in Finnegans Wake

During the decade prior to 1922-1939--and during these seventeen years that James Joyce devoted to the writing of Finnegans Wake--the new and radical theories of Relativity and Quantum Theory became more accessible to the general public, highly discussed and speculated on in intellectual circles. These astonishing theories had huge implications ontologically and epistemologically not only for science and philosophy in general, but also for literature and art. This monumental shift in the perceived paradigm of the universe was very appealing and stimulating to Joyce--one can't help but wonder if these theories ultimately shaped his world view or actually somewhat confirmed it, most likely a combination of both--and would prove to be highly condusive to his crafting of Finnegans Wake in both its form and content.

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