This course will study Joyce's fiction from Dubliners to Ulysses. There will also be some readings in Yeats, Bowen, and Beckett. No previous knowledge of Joyce is expected, but please note that the course is designed for advanced English majors; some background in the history of the novel will be assumed at the outset. Students taking this class also need to be aware that the primary texts are often challenging at the level both of style and of subject matter. You will be expected to read and discuss any subject that arises from the course material in the intellectually open spirit of a modern liberal education.
Two or three short papers and one 10-page research paper. The short papers will treat assigned topics, but you will choose your own topic for the research paper. This course may be taken for honors credit; the extra work will entail writing a review of a recent work of Joyce scholarship.
These editions are required:
James Joyce, Ulysses: The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler et al. (Vintage, 1986).
Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ed. Seamus Deane (Penguin, 2003).
Joyce, Dubliners: Text and Criticism, revised edn., ed. Robert Scholes et al. (Viking Penguin, 1986).
Yeats’s Poetry, Drama, and Prose, ed. James Pethica (Norton).
Elizabeth Bowen, The House in Paris (Anchor).
Samuel Beckett, Molloy (Grove).
The following are recommended:
Don Gifford, Joyce Annotated (University of California Press)
—, Ulysses Annotated (University of California Press)
Hugh Kenner, Ulysses (Johns Hopkins University Press)