Petr Skrabanek: Studies in Finnegans Wake

eds. Louis Armand & Ondrej Pilny
Preface by Fritz Senn
ISBN 80-238-8853-6 (paperback). 173pp.
Published: June 2002

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Night Joyce of a Thousand Tiers represents the collected essays of Petr Škrabanek, Czech émigré and pioneer Joyce scholar. These essyas, originally published in the 1970s and 1980s in mimeographed versions and in small publications such as A Wake Newslitter are now made available for the first time in a complete edition in book form. Skrabanek's contribution to Finnegans Wake studies has often gone largely unrealised outside the footnotes and acknowledgements of the major standard scholarly editions, by writers such as Clive Hart and Roland McHugh. With the publication of Night Joyce of a Thousand Tiers the work of this pioneer Joycean is finally able to be properly assessed in its full extent, and to take its place alongside the major works of Skrabenek's contemporarys.

"Skrabanek's essays are an important testimony to the fact that unlocking the Wake is an international enterprise undertaken by academics and nonacademics alike and that beneath the dreariness of the exigetical project lies the enjoyment of Joyce's 'explosition' of language." --Wim Van Mierlo, James Joyce Quarterly


Louis Armand is director of the InterCultural Studies programme in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague. His books include Solicitations: Essays on Criticism & Culture; Techne: James Joyce, Hypertext & Technology; and Incendiary Devices: Discourses of the Other.

Ondrej Pilný is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies, Prague, and editor of From Brooke to Black Pastoral: Six Studies in Irish Literature and Culture. He is the author of Irony and Identity in Irish Drama.

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