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ENGL4698 PARKES, ADAM TR 2 :00 PM 0136


This course will introduce students to the fiction of one of the greatest literary artists of the modern age.  We will begin with Joyce’s early fictional works, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, before undertaking a detailed, episode-by-episode reading of his masterpiece: Ulysses.  

No previous knowledge of Joyce will be 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.  A preliminary reading of Ulysses during the break between semesters is strongly recommended. 

Students taking this class also need to be aware that the primary texts will often be 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.  

Honors option: Students taking the course for honors credit will write a 1,000-word review of a recent work of Joyce scholarship (to be selected in consultation with the instructor) in addition to fulfilling the regular requirements for the course.   


You will write three 3-page papers (the first two on assigned topics, the third on a topic of your choice) and one 10-page research paper (also on a topic of your choice).  There will also be sundry informal writing assignments.


Regular attendance is mandatory. 


Please obtain print copies of the following editions:

James Joyce, Ulysses: The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler et al. (Vintage, 1986).  ISBN: 0394743121.

Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ed. Seamus Deane (Penguin, 2003).  ISBN: 0142437344.

Joyce, Dubliners: Text and Criticism, revised edn., ed. Robert Scholes et al. (Viking Penguin, 1986).  ISBN: 0140247742.


You will also find it helpful to have your own copies of Don Gifford & Robert Seidman's Ulysses Annotated (University of California Press, 2008); Don Gifford's Joyce Annotated: Notes for Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1982); and Hugh Kenner's Ulysses (revised edn; Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987).  All are readily available in paperback.