Masters Thesis

A Spanish lexicon for Finnegans Wake.

One difficulty in preparing a lexicon for Finnegans Wake lies in coming to grips with the way Joyce fuses the basic English underlying the book with the seemingly endless number of words, fragments, and phrases from every conceivable language. For though the syntax of the work is English, the constant intrusion of foreign elements distorts the morphology and creates an anomalous poly-language that baffles the mind as one tries to unravel its labyrinth--or labaryntos, to use one of Joyce's Spanish-English words.

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