In the early works Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, we can see James Joyce (1882–1941) developing his technique.
The books, which are quite accessible compared with Joyce’s dense and allusive novel Ulysses, are well worth reading on their own merits. They are also a useful introduction to the later novel, containing characters that appear and incidents that are recalled in Ulysses.
We will examine these two seminal works through lecture and discussion. You are asked to read both books before the classes in which they’re discussed in order to generate a lively and informed exchange.
Note: Back by popular demand, from spring 2016. Courses on Ulysses, based on in-class reading with commentary, are planned beginning fall term 2019.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.