Wednesday, May 7, 2014

[The sigla of Finnegans Wake]

siglum (plural sigla) = A letter or other symbol that stands for a word or name (from Latin: an abbreviation) [cite]

[McH] the online edition of this is poorly ocr'd so links here are to page-images

1. HCE EƎ∃
2. Shem [
3. Shaun Ʌ∧^
4. Issys ┴⊥⊣⊢
5. ALP
6. Æ T
7. The Four, the twelve ✕✖X◯
8. The letter ◻⊕
9. Sackerson and Kate SK

[fweet-219] a triangle without a base or an "A" without a bar (a.k.a. Shaun)
[fweet-155] an "E" fallen forwards (a.k.a. HCE)
[fweet-150] an "X" or cross (a.k.a. Mamalujo or Four Masters)
[fweet-138] Shaun, Shem, and ?Tristan as one unit (a.k.a. Three Soldiers)
[fweet-136] the two Issys as one unit (a.k.a. Two Temptresses)
[fweet-118] an "E" without a bar or a square-angled "C" (a.k.a. Shem)
[fweet-101] a triangle or delta (a.k.a. ALP)
[fweet-65] a "T" fallen forwards (a.k.a. Issy)
[fweet-63] an "S" (a.k.a. Joe or Sigurdsen or Sackerson or Serpent)
[fweet-61] a circle (a.k.a. Twelve Sullivans)
[fweet-39] a merging of Shaun and Shem (a.k.a. Shem-Shaun or Magrath or Cad)
[fweet-37] an ellipse or oval (a.k.a. Twenty-Nine Maggies or Rainbow Girls)
[fweet-28] a "K" (a.k.a. Kate)
[fweet-18] a square (a.k.a. Container or Book or Title)
[fweet-17] a "T" fallen backwards (a.k.a. Mirror Issy)
[fweet-10] a "T" upside down (a.k.a. Isolde; an early siglum)
[fweet-8] a "T" (a.k.a. Tristan; an early siglum)
[fweet-6] an "E" fallen backwards (a.k.a. Fallen HCE)
[fweet-4] a circle overlayed with a cross (a.k.a. Wheel)
[fweet-1] a "P" (a.k.a. Patrick; an early siglum)

before HCE and ALP, were Tristan and Isolde (T&I) and Mark, with Isolde as T's inverse (⊥) and already with her own inverse (10.15 "Isolde of Britt[any] - Pen[elope]  [Isolde of] White hands  Calypso") (⊣⊢)

before HCE were Pop, ROC, and Mark
before Shaun were Kevin (K) and Patrick (P, SP)
before Shem was Berkeley

"For dating FW notes, there's an extremely important sequence in the early notebooks, as the generic human roles begin to take on personal identities. (Hayman was the first to point this out, in "Wake in Transit".) The following abbreviations appear even in the Ulysses notes, and persist in the earliest FW notes: M(an), W(oman), H(usband), W(ife), OGG (Old Gummy Granny), RL (Rich Lady?), OM (Old Man) In the spring of 1923, characters from Wagner's Tristan suddenly predominate: Trist, T, I, Is, Brang(aene), M(ark) ...along with P for Patrick and K for Kevin. Mark's identity is extended to make him Isolde's father, and his name changes to 'Pop'. His wife appears briefly as Mop. By autumn 1923, Pop has become Earwicker or HCE or E, and his wife ALP soon after. Tristan and Isolde are usually T+I, and the idea that they're mirror images probably led to the adoption of an inverted-T siglum for Issy." [cite]


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