HIST 2551   Joyce’s Ulysses, Modernity,

 and Nationalism

Gregory Moynahan

M . W . .

12:00 -1:20 pm

RKC 200


Cross-listied:  Irish & Celtic Studies; STS; Victorian Studies   Although it concerns only the day of June 16th, 1904, each chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses is famously written in a radically different historical and literary style.  In this course, we will complement Joyce’s stylistic innovation by using contemporary documents (newspaper accounts, advertising, folksongs, etc.) and historical texts  (epic, medieval chronicle, heroic, modern ironic) to unfold the historical context and resonance of each of Joyce’s chapters.  The course as a whole will then question how these various means of casting the reader in time and history illuminate the modernism and political reality of Dublin in 1904, and particularly the ethnic, religious, and social tensions that led Joyce to a life of exile from the Ireland of his text.  The goal will be both a survey of historical methodologies and an historical introduction to the problems of modernism and nationalism using this highly documented example.  Key issues addressed will be the function of historical and mythical time in everyday life, Joyce’s narrative as an anti-nationalist (yet, somehow, nationalist) epic, the role of popular scientific writing and technology in the creation of reality, the politics of gender and sexuality in the fin-de-siècle, the function of terrorism in politics, and the effect of politics and mass media on “personal” experience.  Required Texts:  James Lydon, The Making of Ireland: A History ; James Joyce, Hans Walter Gabler (Editor), Ulysse;  Stuart Gilbert, James Joyce’s Ulysses: A Study;  James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin)



LIT 2650   Irish Fiction

Benjamin La Farge

M . W . .

10:30 - 11:50 am

OLIN 309


Cross-listed:  Irish & Celtic Studies   Irish fiction of the modern period--the stories, novels, and plays of the past 300 years--has been divided between two traditions: the Anglo-Irish tradition of writers who were English by descent but deeply identified with Ireland; and the Catholic tradition of modern Ireland. From the first, we will read Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent, and Oscar Wilde's The Portrait of Dorian Gray, together with plays by J.M. Synge, W.B. Yeats, and Lady Gregory, plus additional fiction by Elizabeth Bowen, William Trevor, et al. From the second, we will read Joyce's Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds, and additional fiction by Frank O'Connor, Liam O'Flaherty and many others. As background we will also read a brief history of Ireland during this period.