We are unable to display your institutional affiliation without JavaScript turned on.
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE

Find using OpenURL

“Charley, you’re my darwing!”: Sexual Selection in the Joycean Nursery


James Joyce inscribes his “Mime of the Mick, Nick and the Maggies,” a section of the novel Finnegans Wake, within the symbolic structure of turn-of-the-century sexual science, and specifically within the framework of Darwinian principles of sexual selection. In keeping with the parodic nature of the larger narrative of Finnegans Wake, Joyce creates a complex satire on the Darwinian-inspired sexual sciences—satire situated within the milieu of the children’s nursery and nursery games. The result of Joyce’s burlesque “Mime” reveals the science of sexuality as itself a form of fictional discourse rooted in the aesthetics of desire.

You must be logged in through an institution that subscribes to this journal or book to access the full text.


Shibboleth authentication is only available to registered institutions.

Project MUSE

For subscribing associations only.