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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.
Portrait of the Artist as a Young
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.
When the paper topics are available, there will be active links below.
- Paper topics, paper #1
- Paper topics, paper #2
- Paper topics, paper #3
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.
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
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).
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.
· 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.
· 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
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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.
9-10 W Portrait of the Artist. V.
9-15 M Poetry (online):
Pomes Penyeach http://www.robotwisdom.com/jaj/pomes.html
esp. "On the Beach at
" and "Nightpiece" Fontana
Chamber Music http://www.robotwisdom.com/jaj/chamber.html
esp. I, II, V, XI, XII, XIV, XV, XVIII, XXVI, XXX, XXXI, XXXVI
"Gas from a Burner" http://groups.google.com/group/alt.books.james-joyce/msg/9293e8a84ff978c9
9-17 W Dubliners. "The Sisters," "An Encounter."
9-22 M Dubliners.
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
10-8 W Dubliners "The Dead." (cont).
Paper #1 due by .
10-13 M Ulysses.
10-15 W Ulysses.
10-20 M Ulysses.
10-22 W Ulysses. Ch. 6-7
10-27 M Ulysses. Ch. 8-9.
10-29 W Ulysses.
11-3 M Ulysses.
11-5 W Ulysses.
11-10 M Ulysses.
11-12 W Ulysses Ch. 14.
11-17 M Ulysses.
11-19 W Ulysses Ch. 15.
11-24 M Ulysses. 15. Paper #2 due by .
11-27 W THANKSGIVING.
12-1 M Ulysses.
12-3 W . Ulysses.
12-6 M Ulysses.Ch. 18.