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This article focuses on the late genetic developments of Book II.2 of Finnegans Wake, starting from its publication in transition 23 (1934–1935) to its pre-book publication as Storiella as she is Syung (1937), and Joyce’s revisions in the galleys from 1938 up until several months before Finnegans Wake was published. It demonstrates how the 1937–1938 revisions to the footnotes in II.2 correspond to the composition of the Wake’s final passage at the end of Book IV in late 1938, and suggests that it is Lucia and the character of Issy that forms this narrative tie.

In: James Joyce and Genetic Criticism
In: James Joyce and Genetic Criticism
Volume Editor: Genevieve Sartor
James Joyce and Genetic Criticism presents contemporary scholarship in genetic criticism and Joyce studies. In considering how evolutionary themes enhance the definition of the genetic method in interpreting texts, this volume presents a variety of manuscript-based analyses that engage how textual meaning, through addition and omission, grows. In doing so, this volume covers a wide-range of topics concerning Joycean genetics, some of which include Joyce’s editorial practice, the forthcoming revised edition of Finnegans Wake, the genetic relationship between Giacomo Joyce and Ulysses, the method and approach required for creating an online archive of Finnegans Wake, and the extensive genesis of “Penelope”.

Contributors are: Shinjini Chattopadhyay, Tim Conley, Luca Crispi, Robbert-Jan Henkes, Sangam MacDuff, Genevieve Sartor, Fritz Senn, Sam Slote, Dirk Van Hulle.