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Reading James Joyce

ENGL 258.301
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

While it would be chimerical to read fully all of Joyce’s works in one semester, the ambition of this course will be to introduce to the major works, including Finnegans Wake. We will select important passages or chapters in Dubliners, Exiles, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and take a number of themes as a link between all these texts: Irish nationalism and cosmopolitanism, the city, the religious problematic, estheticism, the place of women, the role of paternity, the drift toward experimental writing.

Bibliography: James Joyce: Dubliners (Penguin, 1992), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Norton, 2007), Poems and Exiles (Penguin, 1992), Occasional, Critical and Political Writing (OUP, 2000), Ulysses (OUP, 1993), Finnegans Wake (any edition).