James Joyce "writing"
Obviously he wrote in English, i.e.,
basically... There is the Dubliners and then there is A Portrait
where it is very English. In Ulysses it is still English but concealing
so many meanings that a dictionary will not do, and you need a special encyclopedia
such as Don Gifford's Annotated Ulysses. And then there is Finnegan's
Wake, which is written in wakese...
Let's forget everything else and
concentrate in Finnegans.
You can, if you can..., read it and
figure out what Prof. James S.Atherton did and can be seen in standard English
at his the
Books at the Wake or you can
loose yourself and wander in an open loop, anyway at some point you
have to come down and face details and, though to my understanding it is a totally
blind vision, what
you will have in front of you is something like that (take
a look on the "Night Lessons Episode" of Finnegans Wake).
Let's loose ourselves and wander
in a closed loop...In James
Joyce A to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work it says about
the example above the following, and I quote (pg 132 Lessons Chapter)
Lessons Chapter - A variation
of an informal designation of Book II, chapter 2 of Finnegans Wake (FW 260-308).
Others have identified the chapter as the Study period - Triv and Quad (Joseph
Campbell and Henry Morton Robinson - A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake)> and
Night Lessons (Adaline Glasheen, Third Census of Finnegans Wake) When Joyce
published three fragments from works in Progress in the pamphlet Tales Told
of Shem and Shaum (1929), he included a portion of this chapter (FW 282-304)
under the title ""The Muddest Thick" That Ws Ever Heard Dump""
(see FW 296:20-21). In a July 1939 letter to Frank Budgen, Joyce explained the
format of the chapter: "[T]he technique here is a reproduction of a schoolboy's
(and schoolgirl's) old classbook complete with marginalia by the twins, who
change sides at half the time, footnotes by the girl (who doesn't), a Euclid
diagram, fummy drawings etc" (Letters I,406).
The narrative recounts the efforts of Dolph Shem) Kev (Shaum) and their sister
Issy to master their lessons, and presents an impressionistic survey of the
liberal arts, including grammar, history, letter writing, politics and mathematics.
Sexual matters too are included. In the geometry lesson, for example, Dolph
uses geometrical configuration of triangles and circles (FW 293) to elucidate
for Kev the geometry of their mother's (A L P's) vagina. For further details
of this chapter, see FW II.2 in the Finnegans Wake Entry)
Let's accelerate the closed loop
like a dog chasing his tail (I
have a suspicion that the motivation among scholars are the same that of the
dogs...) take a look at Editors,
Scholars, and the Social Text, which you can read there and I won't
quote, but will boil down to some more sensible explanation such as Prof.Elizabeth
Kate Switaj offers, and I will write it here, in case it disappears:
Night Lessons in Wakese
In the Night
Lessons episode of Finnegans Wake, there doesnt appear to
be a teacher, except to the extent that the children act as pupilteachers
educating themselves and each other, sometimes through confrontation. They even
take part in the construction of the primer (which is the text of the chapter
itself), with the twins contributing marginal glosses and Issy adding the footnotes.
The lessons are exuberant, funny,
and weird. The children make a mess of history and mathematics, but at the end
of the lesson, they are able to write a nightletter to their parents in the
very best Wakese. They have learned how to use Wakese by using it, which is
in line both with the way James Joyce taught the English language (starting
as an employee of Berlitz) and with the way Stephen
Downes describes Edupunk.
Wakese, as a language, is based
on creative error and idiosyncrasy. When Joyce taught English, even if he appreciated
novel usages by his students, he had to teach them a more standard way to express
themselves. This was what they wanted.
To eliminate the teacher entirely
from the classroom only works for certain learning goals and disciplines. Teacherless
classrooms demand revisions of knowledge and our notions of what is correct.
She obviously surrendered... but
in a nice and elegant way...
What, the hell, are we talking about?
A second grade subject turned into rocket
ballistics?Are we all going crazy? It is about time we come to our senses
and realize that Joyce simply did a mixing combination of carefully introducing
"noise" (disguised as profound knowledge) in a very simple matter
using a process similar to what is described at noise
in communications and print technology and Lexycon