FirstSelect an episode from the dropdown menu above. This will take you to the top level (published) draft of the chosen episode, our default starting point for exploration of the text. A side menu appears, highlighting the current document in the draft hierarchy. (Top and side menus scroll and collapse.)
NextChoose any 'draft level' from the side menu that adjoins each Episode. Nested within the categories of editions, proofs, typescripts, faircopy, and protodrafts are links to all available earlier versions of an episode. Also available here is the 'isotext', our synoptic edition.
ThenCustomise your view to display or hide 'Notons' and 'Footnotes' (indicated in blue and by the º symbol, respectively). Click a noton to explore Joyce's use of notebook units. Hover over a footnote for details of textual variants. Notons and footnotes are 'on' by default; toggle them 'off' for a clear-reading view.
- For an interpretive gloss on the text, select an Episode from the 'Chicken Guide' dropdown menu.
- Select an Episode from the 'Draft Analysis' menu for a detailed account of the compositional history of that episode.
- Click on 'Notebooks' for transcriptions of the notebooks and notesheets, a chronology of their composition, and a list of sources.
- Consult the 'Appendix' for four chronological lists related to Finnegans Wake: publications, letters, addresses, and a compositional history.
Updates & further acknowledgements
We periodically update the site to add new features and/or to incorporate new information (sources, scholarly attributions, revisions, corrections, etc.) as we develop them and/or as they are made known to us.
- August 2018: In addition to implementing a number of corrections and revisions, on the suggestion of a correspondent we have added a link to further information at the head of each draft level and notebook page.
- For corrections and new information, in particular numerous additions and corrections to notebook N5 (VI.B.2), we would like to thank Robbert-Jan Henkes and Viviana Mirela Braslasu.
- December 2018: For numerous corrections to, and additional placings for, the Finnegans Wake notebook entries, especially those relating to I.6 and III.4, we are grateful to Vincent Deane.
- January 2019: Acting on a suggestion by Ronan Crowley we have updated all the notebook/notesheet links to include direct links (from the notons) to the relevant notebook/notesheet edition. It is unfortunate, however, that because we are as yet unable to include all the Finnegans Wake notebook editions these links in most cases go nowhere! We have also begun the task (also suggested by Ronan) of highlighting the particular phrases lifted by Joyce from his sources.
- Once again we are indebted to Vincent Deane for numerous corrections and substantial new information relating to the Finnegans Wake notebooks.
- April 2019: For further corrections and additions to the placings, sources, etc. for the Finnegans Wake drafts and notebooks, we are grateful to Vincent Deane, Robbert-Jan Henkes and Viviana Mirela Braslasu.
A Chicken's Guide to Finnegans Wake
We have augmented the Finnegans Wake volume of the JJDA by integrating into it a revised and expanded version of Understanding Finnegans Wake: a guide to the narrative of James Joyce's masterpiece first published in 1979 by Garland. Its purpose is twofold: to enable the reader to follow Joyce's otherwise unreadable book and, once the idea that the book is at least in principle followable, to marvel at how much better its prose is and sounds, whether or not one understands it, when compared to the ordinary prose of the Guide.