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Helene Cixous and Eric Prenowitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639038

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.001.0001

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The Pleasure Reinciple or Paradox Lost

The Pleasure Reinciple or Paradox Lost

(p.75) Chapter 4 The Pleasure Reinciple or Paradox Lost
Volleys of Humanity

Hélène Cixous

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the ‘adomical’ motif of the ‘Phoenix’. This motif is secretly associated with the theme of Sin in the beginning of the Portrait of the Artist. The chapter first studies Finnegans Wake, which contains a combination of different levels of meaning and usually paradoxical interferences. It then looks at the role of the phoenix and Phoenix Park in the life of Joyce's Earwicker family. Finally, the chapter considers the Augustinian theme of felix culpa and the Wakean signifier.

Keywords:   Phoenix, Sin, Portrait of the Artist, Finnegans Wake, levels of meaning, paradoxical interferences, felix culpa, Wakean signifier, Earwicker family

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