Look for the catalog of 2020-21IntroSems to roll out here in August.
Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Odysseus Does Dublin: Joyce’s Ulysses and Modernist Myth
The Irish writer James Joyce published Ulysses nearly a century ago, and many readers reacted with bewilderment and disgust. The story of a modern Odysseus and Telemachus and their meanderings around Dublin’s districts, both posh and seamy, was banned as pornographic for more than a decade in both the United States and United Kingdom. Nevertheless, the book rapidly gained recognition as a masterpiece and is now considered one of the most important works of world literature. This seminar will be devoted to a careful reading of the entire text within a number of frames, including classical Greek epic models and ideas about myth, as well as more immediate social, political, and artistic contexts. No previous familiarity with Joyce’s work is assumed.