by James Joyce
compiled by Eric Rosenbloom
Each page contains forms for whole-word case-sensitive searches of Finnegans Wake at the Joyce Omnicordia (see below).
Accent marks have been preserved, except for the carons in "profèssionally" (page 124) which cannot be made to display correctly in typical web use. Other usage variants have been kept, too, such as capitalization, abbreviation, and use of apostrophes. Words split by hyphens at the end of lines were put back together, keeping the hyphens only for obviously compound words. Italics were not kept.
Some abbreviations in Finnegans Wake have spaces between the letters, and others do not. In the former case, this concordance lists each letter as a separate word, and in the latter lists them together as single words. Abbreviations with and without periods are listed separately.
The text files from which this concordance was created are not without errors, many of which were corrected here, although I no doubt added some of my own to take their place. This concordance, therefore, may not reflect precisely the various on-line versions of the text. Searches for words that contain accented letters or that are broken between lines in the text also may fail.
Corrections are welcome.
Write to Eric Rosenbloom.
This concordance would not have been possible without
the following Finnegans Wake research sites.
— the complete text of Finnegans Wake, page by page with line numbers —
Thank you, Donald & Joan Benedict Theall, Tim Szeliga, & Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario)
Joyce Omnicordia (no longer)
— a search engine for the entire text of Finnegans Wake —
Thank you, Michael Hanson & Jon Williams
I must also acknowledge an earlier on-line concordance, Matt McLaurine's Index to James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, whose departure from the web (though now returned) compelled the creation of this one.
And of course: A Concordance to Finnegans Wake, Clive Hart’s pioneering and indispensable work (originally published in 1963 by the University of Minnesota and reprinted in 1974 by Paul P. Appel, Mamaroneck, N.Y.).
Why, the reader may ask, would one want a concordance in this inconvenient format, when already one may search the text to see where and how many times a word or fragment is used? Our answer is that such a search can only reveal what you put in, whereas in a list of words you are more likely to see a variant you had not thought of. It's still up to you, however, to consider, for example, zassnoch when you're looking for sassenach, or elve hundred and therety and to for 1132, or that words may appear in reverse, occur as part of a larger word, &c. &c.