• Finismundo: The Last Voyage (from Finismundo: A Última Viagem by Haroldo de Campos)

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    Andrea Kouklanakis (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
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    Online publication
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/n8cp-3q08
    Abstract:
    In the first part of Finismundo, Haroldo de Campos recalls Dante’s solution and reimagines one last journey for the aging hero — a journey post-Ithaca. This is the ultimate journey, the one that puts adventure and the search for the unknown (hubris) above domestic peace. The gods, however, punish Odysseus. The shipwreck is inevitable, and it marks the death of the epic hero at sea, ‘just in sight of paradise’. In part 2 of the poem, Campos then engenders a metaphorical death for the hero with the advent of the modern Ulysses. The Joycean hero, transposed to an urban setting, no longer understands or needs voyages, no longer lives by daring feats. The urban Ulisses lives in a trivialized world of ‘traffic lights’ and ‘postcards’.
    Notes:
    The article appears in "Donum natalicium digitaliter confectum Gregorio Nagy septuagenario a discipulis collegis familiaribus oblatum: A virtual birthday gift presented to Gregory Nagy on turning seventy by his students, colleagues, and friends." David Elmer, Douglas Frame, Leonard Muellner, Victor Bers (organizers, editors). This 2012 "born digital" Festschrift is presented in honor of the seventieth birthday of (then) CHS director Gregory Nagy.
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