Course Description: Finnegans Wake (1939), James Joyce’s final work, is regarded as one of the most difficult and yet significant pieces of “fiction,” in the Western canon. More a reading group than a seminar, the class is meant as an opportunity to experience Joyce’s mad masterpiece in the company of fellow Telepaideians: mustering strength from each others’ associations, talents, and different kinds of erudition as we poke at this (always-delightful!) tangle of text. As we meander, we'll stop to talk about quintessential Wake themes, topics, and theories. We also plan to spend time reflecting together on ways the Wake can help illustrate concepts within the study of Classics/Antiquity and related disciplines (e.g. philology).
We expect to cover a modest number of pages per week (5-10), which the course’s co-leaders will supplement with optional secondary readings.
Level: We’ll be coming at Finnegans Wake from a variety different subjects and angles; you don’t need to be a Joyce expert to participate! While some prior knowledge of Joyce’s oeuvre will be helpful, participants should mainly be on board to play with the text and follow its connections to different writers from Dante to Borges.
Textbook: Textbook: Any edition of Finnegans Wake. Participants may wish to use the Finwake site: http://finwake.com/ . Co-teachers will provide other readings.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
Fridays, 7pm EDT
Kristen Hook & Megan Buick
Kristen has worked for Paideia, in various capacities, in both Italy and the U.S. and has taught a number of Telepaideia classes on premodern literature and intellectual history.
She is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley, where she is writing a dissertation on 13th century poet, Guido Cavalcanti, and his afterlife in 15th century Florentine philosophy.
She currently lives in Philadelphia.
Megan has been involved with Paideia since 2019 when she studied with Reginald Foster in Milwaukee.
She has a Masters degree in Philosophy & Theology from Boston College and is currently undertaking research as part of the Transdisciplinary Studies Program at The New Centre for Research and Practice.
She currently lives on the coast of Maine.