moment is so narcotically
appealing that we attempt to
portray it, at all expense, in literature
. For what better way to exemplify the
than in the brief moment of breath and encapsulated image?
But if we make the same
mistake in literary criticism, if we make the egregious assumption that we can
paraphrase the text of a writer such as James Joyce, then we run the
inherent risk of reducing literature to a by-line appropriate incident, a
captioned picture in a bad daily newspaper.
The simple fact of the matter is that in order to translate the written
word, we must re-write the word, and in essence, re-write the work.
The lethal mistake
is to attempt a simple, or in more appropriate terms, readable explanation
of the work.
We must take into account the fact that literature exists in a state
deserving of in-depth analysis, and if we fail to do so, then that which we love and
live by--the written word--will atrophy and suffer a pitiful demise.
In approaching a subject like Finnegans Wake, one must always take into
account the minions that have been there before, and realize that simple hyperbolic
whining will not suffice in bringing new light to an amazing work.