8 Week: Reading as a Writer--James Joyce's Ulysses


Join other writers to discuss Joyce’s epic retelling of The Odyssey that follows the lives of Leopold and Molly Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, and many others over the course of a single day in 1904 Dublin. Since its publication in 1922, Ulysses has been banned, degraded, branded “pornographic,” and then held up as the greatest novel written in English. The book is stuffed with historical details and wide-ranging allusions from history, religion, literature, mythology and philosophy. Funny, sad, beautiful, sorrowful, joyous, lusty, cunning, erudite, passionate, intricate, primal and much more, this central Modernist work continues to perplex readers and spark debate among academics. But what can writers learn from reading a masterpiece like this? Navigate the many dimensions and layers of Joyce’s novel under the guidance of Beacon Award-winning instructor David J. Rothman. Discover (or rediscover) the novel’s ultimate appeal: its astonishing evocation of life as people actually live it, in the now-famous stream-of-consciousness technique that artfully appears to give the reader reality in its immediate, complex textures, and, above all, offers a vision that transcends “dear, dirty Dublin” to embrace all of experience, a vision that ends in Molly Bloom’s ringing affirmation: “yes I said yes I will Yes.”
Required Texts:

  • Gifford, Don and Robert J. Seidman. Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses. 1974. Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1988
  • Joyce, James. Ulysses. 1922. The Complete and Unabridged Text, as Corrected and Reset in 1961. New York, NY: Vintage, 1980.
 *Copies of these texts are available to Lighthouse students at a 10% discount at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. Simply tell a Tattered Cover employee you are enrolled in a course at Lighthouse and they will direct you to where the books are shelved. 

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