Hypertextuality in Finnegans Wake

Hypertextuality in Finnegans Wake

 

There is no apex of study for Finnegans Wake. Readers should be looking towards hypertextual references, or imagined connections based off of previous elucidations to further study the Wake. Reading the Wake should consist of searching for more answers to further understand the text. To start, all instances of reading comprising of just an aesthetic purpose, or a reading trying to find authorial intention notion compromise hitting the pith of what the Wake aims to relay to readers. The former option is too removed, and the latter is too engaged. What needs to be met is a level removed from both, to find a middle ground: one that accepts that the author’s intention to be ever-expanding even posthumously and a text that always seems to be morphing with every individual reader’s experience. An acceptance of the resources that exist to expound the text should be utilized to the fullest extent. Meanings should continue to be tacked onto the work through hypertextual references, and the accessibility of the elucidations should only add to the scholarship.

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