Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
James Joyce's Ulysses is widely considered to be the greatest novel of the 20th century. Its notorious difficulty matches its great fame and impact. Nearly all major writers subsequent to Joyce have been influenced by it. We will do a careful reading of Ulysses in this course allowing those who have not read it to approach it with others and those who have read it to gain confidence in their reading.
The publication of this book by several heroic and visionary women also began what was termed at the time "The Scandal of Ulysses." The book was banned in Great Britain and in the United States and the ensuing court battles formed the basis for our current standards of artistic freedom of expression.
Kevin Birmingham, The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses.
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin edition required).
Ulysses (Hans Gabler edition required).
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
A seminar project, whose product might be a conference paper, an article, a teaching unit, a performance, a game, or an artistic work, broken down into four steps: a venue proposal with preliminary bibliography, a project proposal with bibliography, a draft project, and a final project. Each step counts 20% towards the final grade.
A weekly short-answer quiz with five questions worth 0, 1, or 2 points each, and two required questions which will always be the same. The top ten scores will be added and curved to make up 20% of the final grade.
Attendance is required.