Chalk drawing of James Joyce, Dublin, Bloomsday 1992

English 334:  Major Authors:  Joyce
MWF * 7-9:45 pm * 4023 Wescoe
Spring 2003

Professor Kathryn Conrad

Office:  2035 Wescoe Hall
Office hours:  Mondays 1:30-3; other days by appointment
Office phone:  864-2572 
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On this page:  [description and required books] [requirements and paper topics] [resources and contacts for students; plagiarism statement] [Joyce and writing-related 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 and, if time permits, his play Exiles. 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.

See reading schedule.  The Portable James Joyce and Ulysses are the bare minimum; you can get all of your readings from those two texts and the Web.  The other books I have ordered are recommended.

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James Joyce photo


Students will be expected to write three papers and participate in classroom AND online discussion.  Quizzes are possible.

Participation:  30%

  • The participation grade includes attendance and classroom and online participation.
  • More than 3 unexcused absences, counting from the first day of your enrollment in this course, will result in failure of this course. Work in other classes, away games, hangovers, vacations, and sniffles do not count as excused absences. If you are in doubt, ask me. Excused absences require either notification of me on or before class date (by e-mail, preferably, or by a message on my office voicemail), and official documentation shortly after the absence.   Students will be allowed one unexcused absence.
  • If quizzes are given, they will count 5 points apiece.

  • Papers:  70%
    There are three papers, 6-8 pages, required for this course.   General essay topics will be provided, but you are encouraged to come up with your own topics and discuss your topics and papers with me.  You are also encouraged to bring me drafts of your papers, but if you do so, you need to fill out a self-evaluation form (thanks to Eric Simpson of UPenn for this form!).

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

  • Paper topics, paper #1
  • Paper topics, paper #2
  • Paper topics, paper #3
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    Students with Disabilities:
    The staff of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), 135 Strong, 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 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 (Adopted from Writing Center Statement).

    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), 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).

    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. A second offense will result in failure of the course.

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    Chalk drawing of James Joyce (altered colors), Dublin, Bloomsday, 1992
    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.
  • Work in Progress: The James Joyce Homepage
  • Homer's Holistical-Horrifical-Humongistical List of James Joyce Materials
  • James Joyce Resource Center
  • Earreverently Ayeing James Joyce
  • Specific Joycean links of interest:
  • Litany of the Blessed Virgin--with links to explain House of Gold and Tower of Ivory.
  • Columbia's online annotations--a fantastic site, with annotations that show up at the bottom of the page when you roll over highlighted words.  Thanks to Kathryn Cook for this site, and for
  • Classic Notes--chapter analyses.
  • Searchable texts of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake on Finnegans Web.  You'll have to scroll through the page to find the links to the searchable texts.
  • Searchable text of Ulysses--Currently there are links, but they aren't active.  If this works, it's good if you're looking for a word or words; just go to a chapter and use your browser's "find in page" command (usually under "edit").
  • The Gilbert Schema for Ulysses
  • The Linati Schema for Ulysses
  • Finnegan's Wake (the song--audio file).
  • Joyce reading from Finnegans Wake.
  • Article:  Donaled Theall, "Beyond The Orality/Literacy Dichotomy: James Joyce And The Pre-History Of Cyberspace." In Postmodern Culture and Hypermedia Joyce Studies.  Check out an archive of similarly themed articles by Theall .
  • "Haveth Versions Everywhere -or-  Here Comes Everybody's Edition(s) of Ulysses" (on the textual-editing wars).
  • NEW! Finnegans Wake with notes/glosses.
  • NEW! The online shorter Finnegans Wake--a very helpful summary, with some hypertext notes.
  • Writing resources:
  • UPenn English Writing Program's TeachWeb, with useful and accessible tips for writers.  Do check this one out--particularly the parts about writing theses.
  • Jack Lynch's guide to grammar and usage--really useful guide.  Jack's "How to get an A on an English paper" is pretty interesting, too.
  • Strunk and White handbook (take with a grain of salt!).

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    This schedule is subject to change!—see this site for updates and more detailed information, such as chapter and story assignments.
    (PJJ:  Portable James Joyce.)
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    M 1/27 Introduction.
    M 2/3 Portrait of the Artist (PJJ). 1st half of book.
    M 2/10 Portrait of the Artist. Finish.
    M 2/17 Poetry (PJJ). Dubliners. "The Sisters," "An Encounter." ["Araby."]
    M 2/24 Dubliners. "Eveline," "The Boarding House," "A Mother," ["A Painful Case."] Paper #1 due by the start of class.
    M  3/3 Dubliners.  ("Araby" and "A Painful case"--get the discussion going online before class) "Two Gallants," "A Little Cloud," "Counterparts," "The Dead." [Exiles (PJJ) is acceptable paper and online discussion fodder, but we won't have a chance to talk about it in class]
    M  3/10 Ulysses. Chs. 1-3.
    M 3/24 Ulysses. Chs. 4-6.
    M 3/31 Ulysses.  Chs. 7-9.

    M 4/7  Ulysses. Chs. 10-12.IF KU MAKES THE CHAMPIONSHIP, our discussion will be ONLINE.  You must post at least one comment by Friday, April 11, and at least one more before the 14th. I will, in this case, have extended office hours (1-5 pm) to hand back papers and meet with people.  If hell freezes over and KU doesn't make it, you still should comment online, but you've got no deadline.
    M 4/14 Ulysses. Chs. 13-14. Paper #2 due by the start of class.
    M 4/21 Ulysses.  Chs. 15-16.
    M 4/28 Finish Ulysses. Chs. 17-18.

    M  5/5 Finnegans Wake. Selections: pp. 3-10 (through "Phew!") and pp. 619-628(from "Soft morning!  City!" to the end.) Those without a hard copy of the Wake can get the selections at Finnegans Web (it follows the Penguin pagination). Evaluations.
    [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."]
    M  5/12 Paper #3 due by 5 pm.

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