English 190

Research Seminar: James Joyce


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
8 Spring 2020 Flynn, Catherine
TTh 3:30-5 263 Dwinelle

Book List

Homer: The Odyssey; Joyce, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Joyce, James: Ulysses

Other Readings and Media

Additional readings will be available through bCourses.

Description

This seminar will focus on James Joyce’s landmark modernist novel, Ulysses. In preparing to tackle the text, we will read Homer’s Odyssey, some of Joyce’s early writings, and parts of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The majority of the semester, however, will be spent reading Ulysses at a measured pace. We will consider Joyce’s use of innovative narrative techniques and his invention of new forms. As we work through the novel one episode at a time, we’ll also pay attention to historical and literary contexts and to 20th- and 21st-century literary criticism. Course requirements include oral presentations, reading responses, and two research papers.

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