The ambition of this course is to be able to analyze and understand Ulysses. In order to approach the novel and assess Joyce’s point of departure, we will take a look at Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Exiles. Our main focus will be Ulysses. We will study its main themes, the artist vs. the citizen, Irish nationalism and cosmopolitanism, the role of the city of Dublin in the book, issues of tolerance and religious difference, the aesthetics of everyday life, the place of women, the role of paternity. We will use Declan Kiberd’s Ulysses and Us as a guide through the chapters.