ENGL  4V45:  James Joyce's Ulysses

Instructor: Professor Tim Conley

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Office: GLN 125
E-mail: tconley@brocku.ca
Office phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 5196
Office hours: Mon. 14:00 - 16:00
Class times: Mon. 17:00 - 20:00

Course overview:

First published in 1922, James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is heralded by many writers, readers, and institutions as the greatest novel of the twentieth century, while it also enjoys the perverse distinction of being one the most difficult and demanding books ever written. This course offers students the opportunity to read and discuss Ulysses closely as a group, using various theoretical perspectives and reading approaches.

Required texts:
Don Gifford, Ulysses Annotated
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses*

*Note: we will be using the Oxford edition of Ulysses (ed. Jeri Johnson), and though students may certainly opt to use other editions of the novel, they should be aware that (1) as we will discuss in class, Ulysses has a complicated and often troubled history of editions and editorial differences, so there are very debatable degrees of quality between editions, and some (especially the "Reader's Edition" edited by Danis Rose) should probably be avoided; and (2) students with an edition other than the Oxford may at times feel a little lost when the rest of the class identifies a certain page number or detail.

Recommended texts:
Students should make sure that they possess a decent dictionary (Joyce's vocabulary can get a little overwhelming). Also, it would be useful to have a copy of Homer's The Odyssey.

Marking scheme:
Evaluation will be based upon performance on two essays (the first worth 20%, the second 40%), a seminar presentation (worth 20%), and seminar participation (worth 20%). Students who miss more than three classes (emergencies excepted) will not be permitted to pass the course. Students will receive at least 15% of the grade by March 1, and should note that the last day to drop a D3 course without penalty is March 9.

Late policy:
A penalty of two percent (2%) for each day late, including weekends, will be incurred in all cases except certified emergencies. Requests for extensions sent by email will not be entertained. Please note that completion of all assignments is required to pass the course. Those students who have not collected their first essay from the instructor by the time the second essay is due forfeit the right to any commentary on the second essay.

Simply: don't even think about it. Students are referred to Brock University's official policy on plagiarism, and they are further advised that the instructor has an especially low view of such behaviour.


January 9
course introduction

January 16
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

January 23
"Telemachus" and "Nestor"

January 30
"Proteus" and "Calypso"

February 6
"Lotus-Eaters" and "Hades"

February 13
"Aeolus" and "Lestrygonians"

February 20
[Reading Week: no class]

February 27
"Scylla and Charybdis" and "Wandering Rocks"

March 5
"Sirens" and "Cyclops"

March 12
"Nausicaa" and "Oxen of the Sun"

March 19

March 26
"Eumaeus" and "Ithaca"

April 2

Due dates:
February 13:  Essay #1 due
April 12:   Essay #2 due



Other Works by Joyce
Chamber Music (1907): poetry
Dubliners (1914): short stories
Exiles (1918): a play
Pomes Penyeach (1927): poetry
Finnegans Wake (1939): a "collideorscape"
Stephen Hero (1944): the abandoned first draft of A Portrait (There are also three published volumes of Joyce's letters.)

Costello, Peter. James Joyce: The Years of Growth (1882-1915) . New York: Pantheon, 1992.
Ellmann, Richard. James Joyce. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 1982.
Joyce, Stanislaus. The Complete Dublin Diary of Stanislaus Joyce. Ed. George H. Healey. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1971.
. My Brother's Keeper. London: Faber and Faber, 1958.
Maddox, Brenda. Nora: A Biography of Nora Joyce. London: Hamilton, 1988.
[Note: US title: Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988.]
McCourt, John. The Years of Bloom: James Joyce in Trieste 1904-1920. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2000.
Power, Arthur R. Conversations with James Joyce. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1974.

General Studies
Attridge, Derek. Joyce Effects: On Language, Theory, and History. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000.
Attridge, Derek, ed. The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990.
Kenner, Hugh. Dublin's Joyce. London: Chatto and Windus, 1955.
. Joyce's Voices. London: Faber and Faber, 1978.
Latham, Sean, ed. James Joyce: Visions and Revisions. Dublin: Irish Academic P, 2009.
Levin, Harry. James Joyce: A Critical Introduction. Rev. ed. Norfolk: New Directions, 1960.
Norris, Margot. Joyce's Web: The Social Unraveling of Modernism. Austin: U of Texas P, 1992.
Senn, Fritz. Inductive Scrutinies: Focus on Joyce. Ed. Christine O'Neill. Dublin: Lilliput P, 1995.
Senn, Fritz. Joyce's Dislocutions: Essays on Reading as Translation. Ed. John Paul Riquelme. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1984.
Tindall, William York. A Reader's Guide to James Joyce. New York: Noonday P, 1959.

Books on Ulysses
Arnold, Bruce. The Scandal of Ulysses. New York: St. Martin's P, 1991.
Attridge, Derek, ed. Ulysses: A Casebook. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004.
Blamires, Harry. The Bloomsday Book: A Guide through Joyce's Ulysses. London: Methuen, 1966.
Brannon, Julie Sloan. Who Reads Ulysses?: The Rhetoric of the Joyce Wars and the Common Reader. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Budgen, Frank. James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses, and Other Writings. London: Oxford UP, 1972.
Duffy, Enda. The Subaltern Ulysses. Minneapolis: U of Minneapolis, 1994.
Ellmann, Richard. Ulysses on the Liffey. New York: Oxford UP, 1979.
French, Marilyn. The Book as World: James Joyce's Ulysses. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1976.
Gabler, Hans Walter. The Rocky Road to "Ulysses." Dublin: National Library of Ireland, 2005.
Gilbert, Stuart. James Joyce's Ulysses. 1930. New York: Knopf, 1952.
Groden, Michael. Ulysses in Progress. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1977.
Hayman, David. Ulysses: The Mechanics of Meaning. Rev. ed. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1982.
Kenner, Hugh. Ulysses. Rev. ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987.
Kiberd, Declan. Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece. New York; London: Norton, 2009.
Killeen, Terence. Ulysses Unbound: A Reader's Companion to James Joyce's Ulysses. Bray: Wordwell, 2004.
Lawrence, Karen. The Odyssey of Style in Ulysses. New York: Oxford UP, 1991.
Schwaber, Paul. The Cast of Characters: A Reading of Ulysses. New Haven: Yale UP, 1999.
Schwarz, Daniel R. Reading Joyce's Ulysses. New York: St. Martin's, 1987.
Thornton, Weldon. Allusions in Ulysses: An Annotated List. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1968.

Genetic Joyce Studies (online)
Hypermedia Joyce Studies (online)
James Joyce Broadsheet
James Joyce Literary Supplement
James Joyce Quarterly
Joyce Studies Annual

A much fuller bibliography is available online at http://english.osu.edu/research/organizations/ijjf/resources/resourcecenter/jrcbooks.cfm





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