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Joyce's "Blue Guitar": Wallace Stevens and Finnegans Wake

Onemethodofapproachingthemonstrouslydifficultandoft-times indecipherableFinnegansWakeistostepintothecircumambientoozethat surroundsitsmaker.Althoughonewouldbelievefromsomerecentscholarship thatJamesJoycewasatotallyoriginalmind,speakingoutoftheblueskiesas somesortofgod-figure,hewas,infact,verymuchaproductofhistime.1 Sharingthisenvironmentandcompelledtorespondtoitaestheticallywas,of course,awholegenerationofliteraryartists.Someofthesewereofmajor significancetotheage,amongthemsuchluminariesasW.B.Yeats,EzraPound, T.S.Eliot,VirginiaWoolf,GertrudeStein,andWilliamFaulkner--allofwhom wereinsomemanner,largeorsmall,influencedbythewavesofprotestand reactiontotherationalismandrealismofbourgeoisart.2