Studies in British and American Authors

L369 — Fall 2019

Stephen Watt
Days and Times
1:00 - 2:15p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Joyce and Re-Joyce

At the beginning of this cen­tury, in a flurry of rankings and lists of the best films of the 20th century, best record albums, and so on, a panel of scholars and literary critics were asked to rank the Top One Hundred novels written in English.  Their conclusion?  James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922). What else could it be? There is, however, one fairly daunt­ing problem with this novel—it’s a long, difficult read.  It’s one of those rare novels that sometimes takes a village to get through.  This course will be that village. Starting with short stories from Joyce’s anthology Dubliners (1914) and reading A Por­trait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), we’ll then settle into Ulysses for a deliberate, careful reading. We’ll recruit help, too, from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses and Don Gifford’s Ulysses Annotated.

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