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LIT 192 — James Joyce's Ulysses

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 17—Mar 21
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 30
Units: 2
Tuition: $460
Instructor(s): William M. Chace
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 17—Mar 21
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 30
2 Units
William M. Chace
Believed by many people to be the most significant work of fiction written in English in the 20th century, Ulysses asks much of its readers: patience, sympathy, industry, and a willingness to smile. In return, the book can provide wisdom, beauty, and comedy. In this course, we will work (hard) to discover some of the ways to understand what Joyce accomplished in his extraordinary book. We will learn something about Ireland at the time he lived there; about the Europe to which he moved and where he wrote Ulysses; and about the unusual conditions of the artistic life to which, early on, he committed himself. In order to understand the procedures he both invented and followed in writing the book, we will first discuss parts of two of his earlier books: Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In order to achieve initial fluency in the language of Joyce, students are encouraged to find the time to read some of the stories in Dubliners, in particular “The Dead,” and as much of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as their schedule allows. The heart of the course, however, will be reading and discussing the eighteen episodes that make up Ulysses. The book asks to be talked about; its language is at once unusual and seductive; its wisdom is both simple and profound.

William M. Chace, Professor of English, Emeritus, Stanford; President Emeritus, Emory University

William M. Chace taught at Stanford for twenty years before becoming president of Wesleyan University (1988–1994) and then president of Emory University (1994–2003). He is the author of a number of scholarly books and articles. In 2006, Princeton University Press published 100 Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor, and University President, and What I Learned along the Way. Chace received an MA and a PhD from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) James Joyce, Ulysses (Vintage 1st edition - May 12, 1986) (ISBN 978-0394743127)
(Recommended) Harry Blamires, The Bloomsday Book (3rd Edition - August 31, 1996) (ISBN 978-0415138581)
(Recommended) Richard Ellmann, James Joyce (Revised edition - October 20, 1983) (ISBN 978-0195033816)