Trilingual Joyce: The Anna Livia Variations
Trilingual Joyce: The Anna Livia Variations

Trilingual Joyce: The Anna Livia Variations

by Patrick O'Neill

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Trilingual Joyce is a detailed comparative study of James Joyce’s personal involvement in both French and Italian translations of the iconic 1928 text Anna Livia Plurabelle, which later became the eighth chapter of Finnegans Wake.

Considered to be completely untranslatable at the time of its publication, the translation of Anna Livia Plurabelle represented a fascinating challenge to Joyce, who collaborated in experimental renderings of the text, first into French and later into Italian. Patrick O’Neill’s Trilingual Joyce is the first comparative study of all three of the Anna Livia Plurabelle variations, and fills a long-standing gap in Joyce studies. O’Neill, an Irish-born professor who has written widely on texts in translation, also discusses in detail the avant-guard novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett’s contribution as a young man to the French rendering of Anna Livia Plurabelle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487516024
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 04/13/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Patrick O’Neill is a professor emeritus in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Queen’s University.

Table of Contents


1. All about Anna
2. The Old Cheb
3. Steeping and Stuping
4. Animal Sendai
5. Duke Alien
6. Phenician Rover
7. Nearly as Badher
8. Simps and Signs
9. Gammer and Gaffer
10. Night Now

Appendix: Chronological ALP

What People are Saying About This

Tim Conley

"Trilingual Joyce manages to be both painstaking and fun, no mean trick. O’Neill reminds us, as Finnegans Wake itself does, to be patient, to make our discoveries gradually, cumulatively, and by comparison. His study is attentive to rhythms and rhymes, rather than vocabulary alone (and that "alone" belies a great deal, for the Wake’s range in this regard is indeterminably broad), and is very conversant with the relevant textual history and the ongoing critical discussions about Joyce and translation."

Garry Leonard

"Not since Richard Ellmann’s acclaimed biography of James Joyce have I read such an engaging account of Joyce’s daily life intertwined with the full scholarly rigour of a textual analysis. Not surprisingly then, I see O’Neill is as well versed in biographical accounts of Joyce’s life as he is in both ‘classic’ and more recent overviews of Finnegans Wake."

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