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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 4775  Studies in Literary and Cultural Criticism and Theory: Joyce’s Ulysses and Ireland

English 4775 Section 001       CRN 31645
Studies in Literary and Cultural Criticism and Theory: Joyce’s Ulysses and Ireland    1100-1215 TR

At some point in your life, you’ll wish you’d read Joyce’s Ulysses. This is your chance to make sure that moment never occurs.   Chronicling a single day in 1904 Dublin, Ulysses has fascinated readers since its publication in 1922. Famously complex, it is also fun, and its pleasures are best enjoyed in the context of a seminar, where we can enrich each other’s readings and share our delight in the novel’s intricacies, humor, and humanity. After touching briefly on Joyce’s earlier work—Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man—we’ll focus on Ulysses, discussing a chapter or two per class, exploring how Ireland—the people, the landscape, the culture, the history—is woven into his texts. Joyce spent most of his adult life living in Italy, France, and Switzerland, but he returned to Ireland constantly in his imagination, weaving Dublin’s songs, pubs, streets, newspapers, advertisements, and people into his work. We’ll immerse ourselves in Joyce’s world, exploring how his fiction both responds to and reinvents Ireland and Irishness.  Requirements include lots of participation in class discussion, weekly responses, and two papers. (Group 4)