Course Description

ONLINE: In literary history, 2022 marks the centenary of the two greatest landmarks of Anglo-Irish-American modernism, “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot and “Ulysses” by James Joyce. Arguably the most important poem and novel of the 20th century, the artistic achievement of these two texts cannot be overstated. Upon publication, despite (or perhaps because of) their difficulty and near impenetrability, both texts were instantly canonical, and the responses to them were nothing if not strong, ranging from praise to condemnation, including censorship and legal proscription. In this course, students will read these two modernist monuments in their entirety. While some attention will be paid to their literary, cultural and historical contexts, class discussions will focus on the fundamental categories of theme, character, setting and style (including irony and humor) to make sense of and to better understand and appreciate Eliot’s and Joyce’s extraordinarily rich innovations in content and form. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.

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"The Waste Land" and "Ulysses": T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and the Modernist Monuments of 1922
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9:00AM to 10:30AM
Sep 12, 2022 to Nov 28, 2022
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Please note: Because "Ulysses" is in some sense a sequel to Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," students are strongly urged to read this earlier novel before the first class. Additionally, to have some passing familiarity with Eliot's early poetry, which would be useful, before the first class, students should read "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "Gerontion," which are in the volume of Eliot's poetry listed as a required textbook.

Required reading:
T. S. Eliot, "The Waste Land and Other Poems: Norton Critical Edition" (9780393679434)
James Joyce, "The Cambridge Centenary Ulysses" (9781316515945)
Recommended reading:
James Joyce, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (9780199536443)

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