Peter, I see that as a possibility. Either TWL is composed of the thoughts, memories and present sensations and perceptions of a focalizing narrator, or of "interpenetrating psyches." The latter tends more towards the polyphonia of postmodernism than the former. Diana
(Rememeber Polyphonia? A great gal!)
As to the narrator of TWL, I am remided of ELiot's statement in T&TIT:
  "The point of view which I am struggling to attack is perhaps related to the metaphysical theory of the substantial unity of the soul: for my meaning is, that the poet has, not a 'personality' to express, but a particular medium, which is only a medium and not a personality, in which impressions and experiences combine in peculiar and unexpected ways."
SO the psyche or whatever one wants to call it, that narrates the poem is more
like a set of interpenetrating psyches, somewhat ala Virginia Woolf. The note
on Tiresias would seem to support that.
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Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Speech fragments cohere in TWL around a narrator. They are
overheard or remembered by him, and I think become parts of
the narrator's inner monologue, along with his own thoughts.
In the later chapters of Joyce's Ulysses, on the other hand,
each speech fragment exists on its own without a central point
of view, either author or narrator or other normalizing character
in the book to order them. Joyce's book becomes truly polyphonic,
where TWL is an inner monologue throughout.
An excellent perception, Diana.  It helps resolve the fragments
into a unity in terms of their deliberate choice and arrangement
by the poet -- with narrator to hold them together in a desired
pattern of meaning.  And to cap it, you have elucidated your point
with a fine comparison with Joyce.  My compliments !!!

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