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350: 382 James Joyce [382_fa05_3nov.html]
Assignment for Thursday, November 3, 2005

Please briefly develop two or three (2 or 3) of the study questions provided in the back of the Viking Critical Editions of both Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist.


We will continue our chapter-by-chapter tour of Ulysses: next stop, Chapter 10, known as Wandering Rocks, moving into the second half of the book by number of chapters, it contains19 separate sections that present most of the main characters in the book, brought together by proximity of time and space.


Here's a list of aids for first-time readers of Ulysses, many available in Dana reserve or reference.

a. Class handouts: i) notes by Morris Beja, one paragraph per chapter; ii) the schema of correspondences in Ulysses

b. Detailed prose paraphrase by Harry Blamires

c. Stuart Gilbert, James Joyce's Ulysses, emphasizing mythological parallels, prepared with Joyce's consent while the novel was still banned

d. Don Gifford, Ulysses Annotated, containing explanatory notes on the many allusions and references in the book

e. William Schutte, Recurrent Elements in Ulysses, a useful compendium of motifs that Joyce repeats throughout the work

f. Richard Ellmann, Ulysses on the Liffey, tracing Joyce's chapter structure of the work as six parallel triads

g. Hugh Kenner, Ulysses, the best close reading of the book, suggesting novelistic reasons for its peculiar arrangements

h. Frank Budgen, James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses, with many observations on Joyce's working methods

i. Biographies of Joyce by i) Richard Ellmann and ii) Morris Beja

j. Aids: Commercial summaries (Cliff's and Spark notes); online introductions and syllabi (see class web page)

k. Audio-visual materials: Joseph Stick's film, Ulysses; RTE broadcast production of Ulysses (on tape); video documentaries on Joyce; other readings and performances. Two recent films are Blo'm and Nora. Strick also filmed Portrait.