ENGL749D - Studies In Twentieth-Century Literature: Ulysses

The primary purpose of this course is to provide a thorough reading of *Ulysses*, probably the greatest and certainly the most influential twentieth century novel written in English. For the most part, we will carefully read one episode per week. Our approach will focus on the following areas 1) *Ulysses*' and the history of narrative literature, ie what is its relation to earlier and subsequent texts, what narratives of literary history does it promote or elude, and what kind of reader does it construct and reward? 2) *Ulysses* as anti-imperial discourse (in what senses is this an anti- or postcolonial text? How does it expose the colonizers' language, ideology, and narratives? 3) How does the text re-imagine the conventions of narrative: ie, voice, plot, characters, frames, etc; 4) What is the role of gender in the text? and 5) How are sex and sexual love figured in the book?

Prerequisites: Some familiarity with the *Odyssey* is very helpful; good knowledge of *Hamlet* is important, and at least a vague memory of the first part of Goethe's *Faust* will be useful.

Assignments: One short paper one term paper, one class presentation.