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Poetry and ApocalypseTheological Disclosures of Poetic Language$
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William Franke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759106

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759106.001.0001

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Typological Re-origination and the Theological Vocation of Poetry; or, How to Read Finnegans Wake as the Culmination of Christian Epic

Typological Re-origination and the Theological Vocation of Poetry; or, How to Read Finnegans Wake as the Culmination of Christian Epic

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(p.125) Chapter III Typological Re-origination and the Theological Vocation of Poetry; or, How to Read Finnegans Wake as the Culmination of Christian Epic
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Poetry and Apocalypse
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759106.003.0003

This chapter presents the typological reading of Joyce proposed by Gian Balsamo. It demonstrates Joyce criticism working out concretely the means by which a specific type of repetition—the repetition of types conveyed discursively in literature—emerges as inherent in and fundamental to theological revelation. The chapter concludes that Balsamo's work shows how tradition is produced by a process of re-reading and revision in which there is no true origin nor any final end, for the process itself is absolute.

Keywords:   Joyce, Gian Balsamo, repetition, theological revelation, literary criticism

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