Course Description

IN PERSON: James Joyce wrote some of the most important literature of the 20th century. While his themes are traditional — love, death, parent-child relationships, the creative imagination — his stylistic and narrative innovations make his work challenging and rewarding. Through lectures and discussion, this course will provide an introduction to Joyce's world. We will read from his short story collection, “Dubliners,” which offers a slice of life of turn-of-the-century Dublin. Then, through a close reading, we will consider Joyce's first novel, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” in which his main character and alter ego struggles against restrictions imposed by his family, nation, language and faith. The course will give students a basis to comprehend and enjoy Joyce's later novel “Ulysses” on their own or later in a classroom setting. Students need no prior knowledge of Joyce's fiction, but the course will be at the advanced undergraduate level. Students of all backgrounds are welcome. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 15.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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The Early Works of James Joyce
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Jan 31, 2024 to Mar 06, 2024
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Please note: Students may acquire any edition of the required books.

Required reading:
James Joyce, "Dubliners" (9780140247749)
James Joyce, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (9780142437346)
Recommended reading:
Richard Ellmann, "James Joyce" (9780195033816)

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