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Finnegans Wake Cross-Referencer is a Flash application that helps you find network-like constellations of word clusters that repeat within James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. You can type in a word, or part of a word, and find all its occurrences in the Wake. You can enter additional words, and cross-reference their occurrences and then list all the words that occur within a specified vicinity of the chosen words. This Flash application installs nothing on you computer, and runs directly through your internet browser.

*Viking Press edition page numbers used*

Finnegans Wake KeyWord in Context is a Flash application for finding the surrounding text of a specific word in Finnegans Wake. Type a word in the input box, and hit the [Enter] key. Then use the forward and backward buttons to find the next or prior occurrences of the word. Entering a number in the box changes the current page where the search will start. A search in progress can be reset by typing in a page number. Refreshing the page in your web browser will reset both Flash applications.

*This is included for handy use with the Finnegans Wake Cross-Referencer*

My essay chapter on Joyce's Finnegans Wake:

"Joyce: Engineering Mythological Dialectics"


The Incalculable

Tips for using the Finnegans Wake Cross Referencer

Basically, the Finnegans Wake Cross-Referencer application lists pages for entered words and word fragments, and finds repeated words for entered page numbers. This can assist in finding which words are associated with which in Finnegans Wake. (For example, the word "red" might turn out to be associated with the word "green" among many others).

You can select (all the) text and copy it to a word-processor or text pad for better display or printing: a mono-space font (like Courier) is recommended. Usually you can do this by "right-clicking" on the text screen (Flash is available on most popular computer and operating system platforms, so this may differ for your system).

Don't forget to hit the [Enter] key on your keyboard after entering page numbers or words (although this is not necessary when setting minimum number of results displayed, and the the search range--the number of pages looked at around the given page/word; use the mouse pointer or tab key to select these fields and enter the numbers).

You can list the entire concordance in the enter "Pages" section by entering one page number and a large (627 page) search range, plus selecting the minimum of one word as output. This may take a few minutes.

Also note that this concordance only includes the lowercase a-z and the apostrophe (') mark for searching: no numbers or other punctuation are included. All capitalizations are converted to lowercase. Most hyphenated words are concatenated, although some may be listed as two words.

You can search for partial words embedded within other words in the Wake (and even letters-- including the common letter "e" which will take a while to list).

Try entering some syllables from your name in the word search, then use the (cross) referenced pages for a page search and find which unusual words are repeated close to your name.

You may find the Wake is "psychic" or "prophetic" (as if Joyce planned, organized and participated in "future" world events on a huge scale).

When done entering "Words" and searching for word pages, and then selecting the enter "Pages" section, your last list of page numbers (pages for one word, or cross-referenced pages for two or more words) will be inserted into the page input box-- you can then simply select to find the matches for those pages, or add more to the list.

I'm not sure if it is an art or a science, but determining page ranges-- the number of pages around the target page that the application will search for matches-- will greatly affect the output. (I suggest wide ranges for rare words, and narrow ranges for common ones).

Of course, those familiar with Finnegans Wake will know that many connections would not be found with this application: some connections are loose, (a)logical, historical, etc.

The [RESET] button always brings you to the title page. To reset while the application is listing, refresh your browser.

Email any suggestions, feature requests, comments, etc., to me at [contact].


Polysemic Symbols

Images found while researching the matrix of Finnegans Wake

A "letter" I found in a copy of The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, left to me by my maternal grandmother, and a "signature" found in a University of Oregon copy of  Shirley's Plays and the Elizabethan Drama - by Robert Stanley Forsythe.