ABSTRACT

InFinnegansWake,asinUlysses,Joyceagainsetsuparepressive Oedipaltriangleinordertomock,destroy,andobliterateit.Inthis mostrevolutionaryandavant-gardeoftexts,theobsessive,logocentricrealityofthemale,alongwiththeidlefixeofpatriarchal authority("awethorrorty"[FW516.19]),hasbeenossifiedinto stonyimpotence.Thecompulsivedesireformasteryhashardened intotherockysensibilityofFinnMacCool ,anancientIrishgiant helplesslyshakinga"meanderingmalefist"(FW123.10).The masculinepersonaofHumphreyChimpdenEarwicker,a "patrified"heroorImmensipater(FW87.11,342.26),isparalyzed inphallocentricrigidity. 1Incontrast,AnnaLiviaPlurabelle embodiesthe"womancreature"whospeaksfluidandremainsfree. Thetraditionalhero,deadandoutmodedfromthebeginningofthe book,hastobedreamtintowaking,into"Array!Surrection ,"by Anna'slife-givingriverrun .