Undergraduate English Courses

358:437 Seminar: Joyce and After

01    MW4  CAC   16752  WALKOWITZ   MU-115

Joyce and After

This course will introduce students to James Joyce's Ulysses and its legacies in contemporary fiction, drama, and graphic narrative. We'll focus on Joyce's effort to represent "the vernacular," in at least four senses: the vernacular of spoken idiom and dialect; the vernacular of popular culture and everyday life; the vernacular of explicit sexuality and unflinching description; and the vernacular of urban experience and small-scale collectivity. The first half of the course will focus on Ulysses; the second half will consider what comes after Ulysses. Writers studied in the second half of the course will include: Alison Bechdel, Caryl Churchill, Junot Díaz, Ian McEwan, Claire Messud, Vladimir Nabokov, and David Foster Wallace. Additional critical readings will include essays by M.M. Bakhtin, Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, and Virginia Woolf. Students should be ready to be intensive readers, but no prior exposure to Joyce's fiction is expected or required. Final grades will be assessed on the basis of class participation, several short essay assignments, and two papers.