Finnegans Wake & embodied cognition. A joycean reading

  • Simone Rebora University of Verona


This contribution proposes an interpretation of the language theory in Finnegans Wake, identifying its potential matches with the embodied cognition thesis. First, are revised critical texts about the relations between joycean writings, the sciences of the mind and the evolution of technology and informatics. Then, through the close analysis of four excerpt, are outlined the traits of joycean poetics closer to the recent acquisitions in the cognitive sciences. In particular: the bodily roots of the formation of language and the inexhaustible process of interpretation. The first convergence is detected in neurosciences, with reference to the recent proposals of Vittorio Gallese, about “embodiment of language comprehension.” The second convergence is identified in the studies on Artificial Life, referring to the writings of Christopher Langton and the Research Group of Los Alamos.


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Author Biography

Simone Rebora, University of Verona
Simone Rebora (e-mail: is a PhD Student at the University of Verona (PhD in Foreign Literatures and Literature Sciences – XXVIII cycle). He graduated in Modern Philology at the University of Florence, with a thesis in Literature Theory on the relations between Finnegans Wake and complex systems theory (supervisor: Prof. Enza Biagini). He deals with literary historiography (with particular attention to the nineteenth century in England) and the relations between science and literature. Among his major published essays: Un'ermeneutica condivisa (2011); Poetiche joyciane tra scienza e tecnologia (2011); Tra Wittgenstein e Vico. Per una teoria del linguaggio in «Finnegans wake» (2013). Recently, he has been charged with the task of writing a monograph on the work of Claudio Magris, for Cadmo Publisher of Fiesole (FI).


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How to Cite
Rebora, S. (2014). Finnegans Wake & embodied cognition. A joycean reading. Between, 4(7).
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