Chalk drawing of James Joyce, Dublin, Bloomsday 1992English 334:  Major Authors:  Joyce
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11 am-12:15 pm * 4076 Wescoe
Fall 2008

Professor Kathryn Conrad

Office:  202 Nunemaker
Office hours:  after class; Tuesdays
1-2 pm; Thursdays occasionally, by appointment only
Office phone:  864-3314
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]


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.
The Brief Penguin Handbook, 3rd ed., Lester Faigley. 

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James Joyce photoREQUIREMENTS:
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.

  • Participation:  30%
    The participation grade includes attendance and classroom and online participation in the course blog. More than
    4 unexcused absences, counting from the first day of your enrollment in this course, will result in failure of this course. See also the "Attendance and Termination of Enrollment" section below. Work in other classes, away games, hangovers, and vacations do not count as excused absences. If you are in doubt, ask me.  All excused absences require my approval.  Contact me on or before class date (by e-mail, preferably), and, wherever possible, justify your absence with official documentation.   Students will be allowed one unexcused absence. If quizzes are given, they will count 5 points apiece.
  • Papers:  70%
    There are three papers of 1500 words each required for this course.   General essay topics will be provided, but you are encouraged to discuss your topics and papers with me.  You are also encouraged to bring me drafts of your papers, but if you do so, you should read your draft and be prepared to ask specific questions.  The more you've thought about your paper in advance of our meeting, the better our discussion will be.

When the paper topics are available, there will be active links below.

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Grading:  In this course we will be using the new +/- grading scale, approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to describe intermediate levels of performance between a maximum of A and a minimum of F.  Intermediate grades represented by plus or minus shall be calculated as .3 units above or below the corresponding letter grade.

Prerequisites: Admission to English courses numbered 300 and above is limited to students who have completed the freshman-sophomore English requirements or their equivalents. 

Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is stealing and passing off someone else's ideas or words as one's own or using information from another's work without crediting the source. Any detected cheating offense--including but not limited to plagiarism; the unauthorized use of crib sheets, texts, or other materials during an examination or quiz; the copying of another student's work (even with the permission or aid of that student, who is thereby culpable); the use of prewritten essays (the student's own or someone else's); the uncredited adoption of another writer's interpretation of a work; or the unauthorized use of work written for another assignment or class--will be reported to the University. A record of each verified offense will be kept throughout the student's association with the University (Adopted from FSE statement).

       Plagiarism is not a game, nor is it simply a "shortcut" when time presses. It is a very serious form of academic misconduct and will be treated as such in this class. When you consult outside sources for ideas--through published or unpublished essays, interviews, the Internet, conversation, etc.--you must cite those sources in your work. I understand that academic work can be daunting: if you are struggling with an assignment, are unclear about my expectations, or are behind on your work, please consult me. There is always a better path than plagiarism; I can work with you to help you find your own voice while incorporating others' ideas appropriately. If after reading the statement above, you are still unclear about what constitutes plagiarism, ask me BEFORE turning in an assignment.

       A plagiarized assignment will result in failure of the assignment (no credit given); it also impacts your larger course grade more than a paper that merely receives an F, and will usually result in failure of the course. The Department of English has a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism. Formal records are currently kept by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I may also send a copy of the plagiarism form to the home department of any student who is found to have plagiarized.

Recording of Classes:  At KU, course materials prepared by the instructor, together with the content of lectures, are the property of the instructor. Video and audio recording of lectures and review sessions without the consent of the instructor is prohibited. On request, the instructor will usually grant permission for students to audio tape lectures, on the condition that these audio tapes are only used as a study aid by the individual making the recording. Unless explicit permission is obtained from the instructor, recordings of lectures and review sessions may not be modified and must not be transferred or transmitted to any other person, whether or not that individual is enrolled in the course. (Adapted from KU Faculty Council statement)

Attendance and Termination of Enrollment: The Department of English reserves the right to terminate administratively the enrollment of any student who misses two consecutive class meetings during the first two weeks of the semester. [This applies to all students in this course, regardless of the department under which you've enrolled.] Should an emergency situation cause the student to miss two consecutive class meetings, the student should contact the instructor(s) immediately. Students are expected to submit promptly requests to drop should they decide to disenroll from any classes. The last day to drop classes online is September 11. 
(Adapted from University Timetable

Students with Disabilities: The staff of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), 135 Strong (Lawrence), 785-864-2620 (v/tty), coordinates accommodations and services for KU courses. If you have a disability for which you may request accommodation in KU classes and have not contacted them, please do as soon as possible. Please also see me privately in regard to this course (Adopted from SSD statement).

Writing Resources:

    • Writing Center: Most colleges and universities have a writing center, a place for students to talk about their writing with trained peer consultants. At KU, we call our writing centers Writer's Roosts. When you visit, bring your work in progress and an idea of what you would like to work on-organization, support, documentation, editing, etc. The Roosts are open in several different locations across campus; please check the website at for current locations and hours. The Roosts welcome both drop-ins and appointments, and there is no charge for their services. For more information, please call 864-2399 or send an e-mail to (Adapted from Writing Center Statement).
    • Jack Lynch's guide to grammar and usage--a really useful guide.  Jack's "How to get an A on an English paper" is pretty interesting, too (though I offer no guarantees!).


Weather cancellations: Call 864-SNOW to discover whether classes have been cancelled by the University due to inclement weather. Cancelled classes will be held online; see this website for details.  Be sure that Blackboard has your correct contact information, since I will use it to send e-mail in case of a cancellation.


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Chalk drawing of James Joyce (altered colors), Dublin, Bloomsday, 1992JOYCE RESOURCES:
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

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.



Finnegans Wake:

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

8-25 M Introduction
8-27 W Portrait of the Artist. I.

9-1 Labor day.  No class.
9-3 W Portrait of the Artist . II.

9-8 M Portrait of the Artist. III, IV.
9-10 W Portrait of the Artist. V.

9-15 M Poetry (online):

Pomes Penyeach

esp. "On the Beach at Fontana" and "Nightpiece"

Chamber Music


"Gas from a Burner"

9-17 W Dubliners. "The Sisters," "An Encounter."

9-22 M Dubliners.  "Araby," "Eveline."
9-24 W Dubliners. "Two Gallants," "The Boarding House."

9-29 M Dubliners. "The Boarding House" (cont), "A Mother."
10-1 W Dubliners.  ""A Little Cloud," "Counterparts."

10-6 M Dubliners  "The Dead."
10-8 W Dubliners  "The Dead." (cont).
 Paper #1 due by
5 pm.

10-13 M  Ulysses. Chs 1-2.
10-15 W Ulysses.
Ch. 3.

10-20  M Ulysses. Chs. 4-5.
10-22 W Ulysses. Ch. 6-7

10-27 M Ulysses. Ch. 8-9.
10-29 W Ulysses.
Ch. 10.

11-3 M Ulysses. Ch. 11.
11-5 W Ulysses
Ch. 12.

11-10 M Ulysses.
Ch. 13.
11-12 W Ulysses Ch. 14.

11-17 M Ulysses. Ch. 14, start 15
11-19 W Ulysses Ch. 15.

11-24 M Ulysses. 15. Paper #2 due by 5 pm.  

12-1 M  Ulysses. Ch. 16
12-3 W . Ulysses.
Ch.  17.  

12-6 M  Ulysses.Ch. 18.
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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