Chalk drawing of James Joyce, Dublin, Bloomsday 1992

English 334:  Major Authors:  Joyce
TR * 9:30-11 am * 4025 Wescoe
Fall 2005

Professor Kathryn Conrad

Office:  2035 Wescoe Hall
Office hours:  Tuesdays after class; other days by appointment
Office phone:  864-2572 
E-mail (best way to reach me):  kconrad at
course homepage (here):

On this page:  [description and texts ] [requirements and paper topics] [resources, policies, and contacts] [Joycean online resources] [reading and assignment schedule]
new! 11/13:  New schedule (see reading and assignment schedule for updates)

In this course, we will be reading most of James Joyce's major works works--Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, Ulysses, and selections from Finnegans Wake--as well as some of his poetry . Among the topics we will explore are the ways Joyce variously exploits and challenges systems of authority, the relationship between style and content, and the many controversies surrounding Joyce and his works. A large portion of the semester will be devoted to Ulysses.

Required books:

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Ulysses, Gabler edition, Random House, ISBN: 0394743121.

Finnegans Wake and selected poetry, available online.

The New Bloomsday Book, Harry Blamires.
Ulysses Annotated, Don Gifford. 

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James Joyce photo

Students will be expected to write three papers and participate in classroom AND online discussion.  Short writing assignments in addition to the course blog may be required.

Chalk drawing of James Joyce (altered colors), Dublin, Bloomsday, 1992
General Joyce resources:
  • Check out the Spencer Library's collection of Joyce materials!  See the Special Collections:  Irish Collections site for a short description, but walk yourself over there (not the Museum--the Library, which is behind Strong Hall) to experience the full effect.
  • The Brazen Head
  • The James Joyce Centre in Dublin [site currently suspended for some reason....]
  • James Joyce Portal --a great site that includes searchable texts.
  • Specific Joycean links of interest:


  • Litany of the Blessed Virgin--with links to explain House of Gold and Tower of Ivory.
  • Searchable text of Joyce's major texts.

  • Ulysses:

    Finnegans Wake:

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    This schedule is subject to change!  Updates made in class will eventually be reflected here.

    8-18 R Introduction.

    8-23 T Portrait of the Artist. I.
    8-25 R Portrait of the Artist . II.

    8-30 T Portrait of the Artist. III, IV.
    9-1 R Portrait of the Artist. V.

    9-6 T Poetry (online):

    Pomes Penyeach

    Chamber Music

    "Gas from a Burner"

    9-8 R Dubliners. "The Sisters," "An Encounter."

    9-13 T Dubliners. "An Encounter" (Cont), "Araby," "Eveline."
    9-15 R Dubliners. "Two Gallants," "The Boarding House."

    9-20 T Dubliners. "The Boarding House" (cont), "A Mother."
    9-22 R Dubliners""A Little Cloud," "Counterparts."

    9-27 T Dubliners  "The Dead."
    9-29 R Dubliners  "The Dead." (cont).
    9-30 F Paper #1 due by 5 pm.

    10-4 T  Ulysses. Chs 1-2.
    10-6 R Ulysses. Ch. 3.

    10-11  T Ulysses. Chs. 4-5.
    10-13 R FALL BREAK

    10-18 T Ulysses. Ch. 6-7.
    10-20 R Ulysses. Chs. 8-9.

    10-25 T Ulysses. Ch. 10.
    10-27 R Ulysses. Ch. 11.

    11-1 T Ulysses. Ch. 12.
    11-3 R Ulysses.  Ch. 13.

    11-8 T Ulysses. Ch. 14.
    No class: Prof Conrad hospitalized, recovering. Oxen discussion online.

    11-15 T Ulysses. Ch. 14 discussion, start discussion of 15.  Class will discuss reading schedule either today or Thursday when Prof Conrad returns; tentative schedule below.
    11-17 R Ulysses Ch. 15.

    11-22 T Ulysses Ch.  16.   Paper #2 due by 5 pm.  

    11-29 T  Ulysses. Ch. 17.
    12-1 R . Ulysses.Ch. 17.

    12-6 T  Ulysses. Ch. 18.
    12-8 R  Finnegans Wake.  Selections TBA available from Finnegans Web.  Check out my crib sheet; see above for links to Joyce reading from the Wake and for the Dubliners singing the song "Finnegan's Wake."Last Day.  Paper #3 due by the start of class.  Evaluations.

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