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ENGL 8813 Joyce, Ulysses, Empire and Nationalism (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

“What?” says Alf. “Love,” says Bloom. “I mean the opposite of hatred.” Love of country? Amor Matris? Hatred of injustice? Some transcendent romantic love? In the company of James Joyce, we’ll tease out such questions, flying by the nets of language, religion, and—in this centenary year of Ireland’s bolt for independence—nationality. Joyce’s troubled community imagining itself into nationhood presents a lens for us to explore Modernism, World Wars, the emasculated subaltern, and the metrocolonial dilemma. Concentrating on Ulysses, we’ll question the contradictions in Joyce’s lonely life of creation, and in his passionate works of near infinite depth.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Joseph Nugent

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 06-Feb-15