ENGL 360
James Joyce's "Ulysses" Fall 2009
Division I
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This course will explore in depth the demanding and exhilarating work widely regarded as the most important novel of the twentieth century, James Joyce’sUlysses, which both dismantled the traditional novel and revitalized the genre by opening up new possibilities for fiction. We will discuss the ways in which compelling issues of character and theme (e.g., questions of heroism and betrayal, humor and self-irony, sexuality and the politics of gender, civic engagement and artistic isolation, British imperialism and Irish nationalism), are placed in counterpoint with patterns drawn from myth, theology, philosophy, and other literature, and will consider the convergence of such themes in an unorthodox form of comedy. In assessing Ulysses as the outstanding paradigm of modernist fiction, we will be equally attentive to its radical and often funny innovations of structure, style, and narrative perspective. Students unfamiliar with Joyce’s novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which introduces characters later followed in Ulysses, are urged to read it in advance of the course.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1700
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, a midterm exam, two papers, and final exam
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I

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