Caricature of James Joyce by César Abin (appeared in transition no. 21, March 1932)

We will read through all of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Selections from earlier fiction, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, will be examined for understanding Joyce’s aesthetic theory and techniques, as well as the character continuity of Stephen Dedalus. We will also look at some of the magazine context in which Ulysses was serialized during WWI. Student work will consist of regular short blog posts, a midterm paper, and a final research paper. It is strongly recommended that students read Homer’s Odyssey before the course begins, as it will help to clarify Joyce’s mythic method and the structure of Ulysses.


The following titles are available at McFarlin Library.

  • Frank Budgen, James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses
  • Harry Blamires, The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses
  • Richard Ellmann, James Joyce (biography)

See also the Schema, which blends the plans Joyce gave to his friends Stuart Gilbert and Carlo Linati.


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