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ENGL749D - Studies In Twentieth-Century Literature: Ulysses
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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?
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.
short paper one term paper, one class presentation.