Mr Johnnie Morey

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I graduated with a BA in English from The University of Portsmouth in 1997. I was then outside of higher education until 2014, but remained interested in literary criticism and textual scholarship, and produced creative and analytic work on Homer, Virgil and Dante. In 2009 my translation from a papyrus fragment of a poem by Sappho was published in Modern Poetry in Translation, Series 3, No. 12. In 2014 I began a Masters on blindness and sight in James Joyce’s Ulysses, also at Portsmouth, for which I achieved a distinction in 2015. My primary research interest remains James Joyce and sensory experience, but I have, with my present thesis, entitled Joyce and Audible Semantics: the Meaning of Music and the Music of Meaning in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, shifted toward hearing and musicality in Joyce, and I have broadened the scope of my research to include Finnegans Wake as the central primary text. My principal focus is on the dynamic between musical allusion and representation in Joyce’s narratives, and the musicality of Joyce’s language itself.

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