Conrad, Faulkner, and the Problem of Nonsense by Maurice Ebileeni (review)
TL;DR: The Impossible Joyce: Finnegans Wakes as discussed by the authors is a meta-analysis of the linguistic sign, in Joyce's use of language and its translatability alike, in a text-based analysis whose scholarly excellence may be contrasted with outcomes of current trends of compilations of positivist contexts.
Abstract: close readers of Finnegans Wake and its translations have to cope with a paradox indicated in the title of O’Neill’s study: if they engage in a structuralist quest for ultimate signification in terms of differentiating binary oppositions, they are doomed to make “impossible” choices. Even if not explicitly stated, Impossible Joyce thus turns out to be a metaanalysis of the linguistic sign, in Joyce’s use of language and its translatability alike. What at first sight seems to be a rather old-fashioned New-Critical study turns out to be a close reading which elucidates multiple layers of undiscovered meanings in full awareness of the poststructuralist limitations of its heuristic framework. Thus, Impossible Joyce: Finnegans Wakes is not only a text-based analysis whose scholarly excellence may be contrasted with outcomes of current trends of compilations of positivist contexts; it is a study which fuses some of the best insights of old-school and cutting-edge criticism.