11:30 - 13:30 (6h in 3 sessions)
This intensive seminar proposes an introduction to James Joyce’s Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as a preparation for our Ulysses reading in October. We will take a closer look at Joyce’s realism against the modernist backdrop as well as his use of epiphany in the fifteen short stories whose range encompasses nearly every flaw and virtue of the human condition: from the corruption of innocence to the inescapability of time passing. The second half is devoted to a true little masterpiece, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, published in 1916, whose hero — Stephen Dedalus — will go on to reappear, though somewhat disillusioned, in the opening pages of Ulysses. It is a remarkable first novel whose pages not only echo Joyce’s very own rejection of religion and nationalism and his plunge into exile, but also reveal a subtle self-inflicted irony of an older writer toward his younger, more innocent self. Biographical links aside, Portrait is, above all, a brilliant künstlerroman exploring the very question of why we choose to create and what hardship we inflict upon ourselves in order to pursue such a destiny.
- July 24th, 11:30 – 13:30
Introduction, James Joyce’s life and times, the modernist backdrop, Joyce’s Dublin, myth and epiphany, shorter writings and poems.
- July 26th, 11:30 – 13:30
Session 2 – Dubliners: censorship and publication, Joyce’s free indirect style, character and voice, Joyce’s narrative ‘traps’, “The Dead” as an epilogue.
- July 28th, 11:30 – 13:30
Session 3 – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Joyce’s irony in Portrait, transformation of language as a narrative process, from Stephen Hero to Stephen Dedalus, “I will not serve” – religious and Dantean background, Stephen’s theory of aesthetic, getting ready for Ulysses.
Suggested further reading:
- Attridge, Derek, ed. The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce, 2nd edition, Cambridge UP, 2004.
- Bloom, Harold. James Joyce’s Dubliners. New York: Chelsea House, 1988.
- Bloom, Harold. James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: Chelsea House, 1988.
- Bosinelli Bollettieri, Rosa Maria and Harold Frederick Mosher, eds. ReJoycing: New Readings of Dubliners. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1998.
- Brady, Philip and James F. Carens, eds. Critical Essays on James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: G. K. Hall, 1998.
- Doherty, Gerald. Pathologies of Desire: The Vicissitudes of the Self in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
- Ellmann, Richard. James Joyce. Oxford University Press, 1959, revised edition 1983.
- Thacker, Andrew, ed. Dubliners: James Joyce. New Casebook Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
- Wollaeger, Mark A. (2003). James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: A Casebook. Oxford University Press.