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The Cyclical Night

Irony in James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges

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$65.00 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674428973

Publication Date: 01/01/1968

269 pages


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The first of these two essays studies the evolution of Joyce’s style and its culmination in Finnegans Wake, focusing on the way Joyce used multi-leveled irony to carry the novel into the realm of myth. The second is a detailed analysis of Borges’ “The Garden of Forking Paths,” which, like Joyce’s works, deals with the idea of cyclic time, and a synoptic discussion of four other stories by this Argentinian writer. L.A. Murillo shows how Borges uses a technique of compression rather than mythic expansion, so that the meaning of his stories is educed by the reader’s response to them.

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