Gabriele Marino

The Mongrel Reader: Joyce, Finnegans Wake and the origins of interpretative cooperation

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Keywords: Finnegans Wake; Interpretative Cooperation; Mongrel Reader; Semiotics; Umberto Eco.

The paper outlines the main semiotic characteristics of the last work by James Joyce (1882-1941), "Finnegans Wake" (1939), all of them being related to its linguistic peculiarities and untranslatability, and makes it explicit the deep motivations of the foundation of the semiotic theory of the interpretative cooperation of texts, as outlined by Umberto Eco (1932-2016) since "The Open Work" (1962), within this unique work of art, whose fundamental role has been historically neglected by the semiotic community.

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