James Joyce

English 530 (Irish Literature): James Joyce
TR 2:30-3:50 pm * 4019 Wescoe * Spring 2013

Professor Katie Conrad

Office: 3043 Wescoe Hall
Office hours: M-Th, 1:30-3:30 pm
Office phone: 864-2572 
E-mail (best way to reach me): kconrad@ku.edu
course homepage: http://people.ku.edu/~kconrad/530s13.html 
Blackboard page: http://courseware.ku.edu/?bbatt=Y

Last updated 4/5/13

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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, some poetry, Dubliners, Ulysses, and short selections from Finnegans Wake. 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. The majority of the semester will be devoted to Ulysses. 


Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Ulysses (Gabler edition)
Finnegans Wake.

The New Bloomsday Book, Blamires.
Ulysses Annotated, Gifford.
Annotations to Finnegans Wake, McHugh.

The following book is the style book used by the department.  I will not refer specifically to this text, but the department has ordered it for you if you don't already have a copy:

Lester Faigley.  The Brief Penguin Handbook.  4th ed.  New York:  Pearson Longman, 2011.
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COURSE POLICIES (Adapted from English department, CLAS, Writing Center, and University policy statements):

Admission to English courses numbered 500 and above is limited to students who have completed an ENGL course at the 300- or 400-level. 

Enrollment: Students may neither add nor change sections in any English course after January 28, without departmental permission. For courses numbered above 200, instructor's permission is required to add or change sections.   The last day to add classes with permission is February 18. 
    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. Should an emergency situation cause the student to miss two consecutive class meetings, the student should contact the instructor(s) or the English Department, 864-4520, immediately.
    Students who decide to drop English classes should do so promptly so that other students may enroll in the class.  The last day to withdraw from classes under any circumstances is April 22.

Students with Disabilities
: The Academic Achievement & Access Center (AAAC) coordinates accommodations and services for all KU students who are eligible. If you have a disability for which you wish to request accommodations and have not contacted the AAAC, please do so as soon as possible. Their office is located in 22 Strong Hall; their phone number is 785-864-4064 (V/TTY).  Information about their services can be found at http://disability.ku.edu. Please contact me privately in regard to your needs in this course.
Drop policy: If you are having trouble succeeding in the course, it is especially important that you consult with me so that we can develop a plan of action that may enable you to complete the course.  If you decide to drop this class, please refer to  http://www.registrar.ku.edu/current/schedule.shtml.  From  Feb 12 to April 22 , you will be assigned a grade of W.  You may not drop or withdraw after April 22.
Policy on Student Academic Creations: Since one of the aims of this course is to teach students to write for specific audiences, ungraded student-authored work may be shared with other class members during the semester in which you are enrolled in the class.  Please do not submit materials on sensitive subjects that you would not want your classmates to see or read, unless you inform me in advance that you do not want your work shared with others. Other uses of student-authored work are subject to the University’s Policy on Intellectual Property and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  If I want to use your work outside of this class (e.g. as a sample for another class or future classes), I will ask you to fill out and sign a written form authorizing such use.

Writing Center: 
For help with your writing, I strongly encourage you to contact the KU Writing Center.  At the Writing Center you can talk about your writing with trained tutors or consult reference materials in a comfortable working environment.  You may ask for feedback on your papers, advice and tips on writing (for all your courses), or for guidance on special writing tasks.   Please check the website at http://www.writing.ku.edu/students/ for current locations and hours. The Writing Center welcomes both drop-ins and appointments, and there is no charge for their services. For more information, please call (785) 864-2399 or send an e-mail to writing@ku.edu.

Weather cancellations: 
Call 864-SNOW to discover whether classes have been cancelled by the University due to inclement weather.

Grading policy:
 In this course we will be using the +/- 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. Blackboard will be used to calculate grades.

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; the copying of all or part of websites without specific and accurate attribution; 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 (Adapted 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 clearly in your work. Credit that work carefully, and credit both quotation (even a few words) and paraphrase.
   I understand that academic work can be daunting: if you are struggling with an assignment, are unclear about our 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 (even a rough draft or blog posting).  In this class, it is better to turn in a paper late than to plagiarize.  One of the goals of English courses is helping you to improve your writing, and plagiarism undermines that process entirely.
    A plagiarized assignment will result in failure of the assignment (no credit given); it will also result in an official reduction of grade for the course, usually to an F. Both of these sanctions are recorded on an Academic Misconduct Form and submitted to the Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, both of which keep them on file.  If a student is found to have committed academic misconduct previously, the sanction will be more severe (e.g., suspension or expulsion from the University). The Department of English has a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism. I may also send a copy of the plagiarism form to the home department or school of any student who is found to have plagiarized.

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1. 20%:  Attendance, blog postings, and participation in classroom discussion. Four Blackboard discussion blog postings of at least a paragraph in length are required. For a posting to count toward this requirement, it must be completed prior to the class session in which the text/topic is discussed. Additional blog postings (of any length) count toward participation more generally, and are especially recommended for students who are quiet in class or who must miss class for any reason.  Students are expected to attend every class and should contact me by e-mail (kconrad @ ku.edu), preferably before your absence, if you must miss class.  Students who miss more than two classes are likely to do poorly in the course.  

 2. 15%:  Final examination (identification and essay).

 3. 65%:  Spencer annotated bibliography assignment (20%), prospectus (5%), research paper (40% of total grade), and blogs. Please see plagiarism policy above.

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General Joyce resources:
  • Check out the Spencer Library's collection of Joyce materials.  See the Special Collections:  Irish Collections site for a short description.
  • James Joyce Resource Center
  • The Brazen Head  --with a great links section.

  • Specific Joycean links of interest:




    Finnegans Wake:

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    This schedule is subject to change!—see this site for updates and more detailed information.

    1/22 Introduction.
    1/24 Portrait, I.  
    Check out Brandon Kershner's Portrait page for background.  

    1/29 Portrait, II-III
    1/31 Portrait, IV

    2/5 Portrait, V
    2/7 Meet at Spencer Research Library, behind Strong Hall.  Prior to class, read poems, TBA (online) including "Gas from a Burner":     http://groups.google.com/group/alt.books.james-joyce/msg/9293e8a84ff978c9?pli=1 

    2/12  Dubliners, "The Sisters," "An Encounter"
    2/14 Dubliners, "Araby," "Eveline"

    2/19  Dubliners"Two Gallants," "The Boarding House"
    2/21 Dubliners,  "The Boarding House" (cont), "A Mother" [SNOW DAY]

    2/26 Dubliners, "A Little Cloud," "Counterparts" [SNOW DAY]
    2/28 Dubliners, "The Boarding House" (cont, end), "A Mother," "A Little Cloud," "Counterparts"

    Dubliners, catch-up; "The Dead"
    3/7 Ulysses, 1-2.
    Annotated bibliography due. [note date change]

    [quick presentation about GAP certificate at start of class] Ulysses, 3 
    3/14 Ulysses, 4-5

    3/19 SPRING BREAK. 

    3/26 Ulysses, 6-7
    3/28 Ulysses, 8-9

    4/2 Ulysses, 10.
    1-page proposals due.
    4/4 Ulysses, 11

    4/9 Ulysses, 12
    4/11  No class: work on drafts.

    4/16 Ulysses, 13
    4/18 Ulysses, 14.
    Drafts due, with completed evaluation form.

    4/23 Ulysses, 15.  
    4/25 Ulysses, 16

    4/30 Ulysses, 17
    5/2 Ulysses, 18; discussion of final

    5/7 Finnegans Wake, pp. 260-70, 308. [Check out my crib sheet; see above for links to Joyce reading from the Wake and for the song "Finnegan's Wake."]
    5/9 Finnegans Wake. Last day; evaluations. Papers due (final draft).

    5/15 1:30-4 Final examination

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