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Syllabus for English 346 (Studies in Modern Prose):

Ulysses

Thursday, August 25

First day: introduction, course overview, injunction to curiosity


Tuesday, August 30

  • James Joyce, "Araby," "Ivy Day in the Committee Room," and "The Dead" from Dubliners

Everyone: by 11:00 Monday evening, make a brief post to the blog pointing to a passage or problem you'd like to be sure we discuss on Thursday. This assignment will serve to structure our discussion and to check that everyone is using the blog smoothly.


Thursday, September 1

  • Two pieces from Collaborative Dubliners, ed. Vicki Mahaffey: Jennifer Levine and Andrew Gibson, "Ivy Day in the Committee Room," and Margot Norris and Vincent P. Pecora, "Dead Again"

Everyone: by 11:00 Wednesday evening, make a brief post to the blog pointing to a specific passage (with page number) in which one of these critics makes a point that works against or adds to our class discussion of Dubliners. Explain how you think your chosen passage relates to our discussion.


Tuesday, September 6

Groups 1 and 2: Do a blog post describing the key developments and passages relating to your obsession in today's reading.

Groups 3 and 4: Take good notes on the development of your obsession. You'll need the notes for your blog post next week.


Thursday, September 8

  • Katherine Mullin, "Joyce through the Little Magazines"
  • Vicki Mahaffey, "Intentional Error: The Paradox of Editing Ulysses

We will meet in the lower level of Burling Library for the first part of class today.

We will be going to the rare books room in the library today to see Ulysses as it first appeared in The Little Review. After reading both articles carefully, post to the blog by 11:00 Wednesday evening a brief comment about something specific that one of the articles makes you want to see in the Little Review.


Tuesday, September 13

Groups 3 and 4: Do a blog post describing the key developments and passages relating to your obsession up to this point in the novel.

Groups 1 and 2: Take good notes on the development of your obsession. You'll need the notes for your blog post next week.


Thursday, September 15

  • At least five entries of your choice from the Ashplant lexicon.
  • The Telemachus comic and anything else you want to look at in Ulysses "seen"

Everyone: post to the blog a nomination for a lexicon term of your own. Explain why you think your term would be interesting for you to work on and for others to read about. Also mention an alternative or two that you considered before nominating the term you have chosen.
Tuesday, September 20

Groups 1 and 2: Do a blog post describing the key developments and passages relating to your obsession in today's reading.

Groups 3 and 4: Take good notes on the development of your obsession. You'll need the notes for your blog post next week.


Thursday, September 22

  • Henry Staten, "The Decomposing Form of Joyce's Ulysses"

You have two assignments for class today.

First, do the groundwork for your lexicon entry, using the OED to gather information about the meanings and history of your word. Post your findings, with quotations from the OED, to the blog.

Second, read Staten's article and take good notes on your answers to the following questions:

  1. Where (specifically) do you think the thesis is located?
  2. What are the piece's major transitions, and how do they reveal the structure of the argument?
  3. What are the key quotations from Ulysses?
  4. What would you include in a short list of the obsession-style major themes of the piece?
  5. What critical or theoretical works are most important to the piece?

We will draw on these notes in class, so be ready to share them.


Tuesday, September 27

  • Episodes 9 (Scylla and Charybdis) and 10 (Wandering Rocks)

Groups 3 and 4: Do a blog post describing the key developments and passages relating to your obsession in today's reading.

Groups 1 and 2: Take good notes on the development of your obsession. You'll need the notes for your blog post next week.


Thursday, September 29

  • Vincent J. Cheng, "Authenticity and Identity: Catching the Irish Spirit"
  • Michael Rogin, selections from Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot

Read both pieces and write down one way in which you might connect the two of them (one directly about Ulysses, one not) in writing a paper for this class. We will use your ideas as a way into talking about both the pieces themselves and the uses of secondary and tertiary sources.


Tuesday, October 4

Groups 1 and 2: Do a blog post describing the key developments and passages relating to your obsession in today's reading.

Groups 3 and 4: Take good notes on the development of your obsession. You'll need the notes for your blog post next week.


Thursday, October 6

  • Joseph Valente, "'Neither fish nor flesh'; Or How 'Cyclops' Stages the Double-bind of Irish Manhood"

Read Valente's article and take good notes on your answers to the following questions:

  1. Where (specifically) do you think the thesis is located?
  2. What are the piece's major transitions, and how do they reveal the structure of the argument?
  3. What are the key quotations from Ulysses?
  4. What would you include in a short list of the obsession-style major themes of the piece?
  5. What critical or theoretical works are most important to the piece?

We will draw on these notes in class, so be ready to share them.

Also, we will spend some time in class today looking at the Ashplant site and considering potential project ideas.


Tuesday, October 11

Groups 3 and 4: Do a blog post describing the key developments and passages relating to your obsession in today's reading.

Groups 1 and 2: Take good notes on the development of your obsession. You'll need the notes for your blog post next week.


Thursday, October 13
  • Vicki Mahaffey, "Ulysses and the End of Gender."

For class, read Mahaffey's piece well and come prepared to discuss it. In addition, post to the blog a full version-in-progress of your lexicon entry. For now, you can roughly follow the Ashplant formatting; we'll get the details refined later.


FALL BREAK

Tuesday, October 25
  • Episode 15 (Circe), part 1 (through line 2741)

Everyone: you'll do a full blog update for Thursday. For now, post some notes on how your obsession develops in the first part of the episode. In class today, you will meet in groups, and we'll do the usual whole-class discussion of the week's readings on Thursday, when you'll be all the way through the episode.


Thursday, October 27

  • Episode 15 (Circe), part 2 (lines 2742-end)

Everyone: update your blog and consolidate your thoughts in the light of this climactic episode.


Tuesday, Novermber 1

Groups 1 and 2: Do a blog post describing the key developments and passages relating to your obsession in today's reading.

Groups 3 and 4: Take good notes on the development of your obsession. You'll need the notes for your blog post next week.


Thursday, November 3

For class, read Levine's piece well and come prepared to discuss it. In addition, find one critical or theoretical source that helps you think through your obsession and prepare to share a short summary of that work with your classmates.


Tuesday, November 8

Groups 3 and 4: Do a blog post describing the key developments and passages relating to your obsession in today's reading.

Groups 1 and 2: Take good notes on the development of your obsession. You'll need the notes for your blog post next week.


Thursday, November 10

  • Derek Attridge, "Molly's Flow: The Writing of 'Penelope' and the Question of Women's Language"

For class, read Attridge's piece well and come prepared to discuss it. Also, write and post to the blog a full and fully formatted version of your lexicon entry. In class, we will have a workshop of sample annotations for the bibliography.


Tuesday, November 15

[No reading for today]

Write for the blog a consolidation post: a first shot at wrapping up your thoughts on your obsession and the novel. This may function as a sketch of your shorter paper.


Thursday, November 17

Today we will use class time to meet in groups. Bring to this meeting (in hard copy) a brief project proposal for your shorter paper. This proposal is for your own reference, so write whatever is most useful to you at this point, but do write and print something to bring to class. Come prepared to give a concise (2- or 3-minute) explanation of your plan for the paper, so we can spend some time giving each of you feedback.


Tuesday, November 22

By class time on Tuesday (2:00), submit to the blog your LEXICON ENTRY and FIRST HYPERANNOTATION.

Due to this deadline and the upcoming break, we will not meet for class today.


THANKSGIVING BREAK

Tuesday, November 29

Today you will prepare for an in-class peer review of your lexicon and annotated bibliography entries.

Keep working on your shorter paper, which is due Wednesday.


Wednesday, November 30

SHORTER PAPER DUE TO MY OFFICE BY NOON


Thursday, December 1

Today we will meet in small groups in a location to be determined to discuss your bibliographies and project ideas. Come prepared to give a concise (2- or 3-minute) explanation of your plan for the bibliography and idea for the final project, so we can spend some time giving each of you feedback.


Tuesday, December 6

We will meet in the classroom at the usual time to discuss the bibliographies and cover essays, especially the latter, as well as your developing project ideas.

After that discussion, I will remain in the classroom for the rest of the period for individual consultations about the bibliographies and projects.


Wednesday, December 7

ANNOTATED BIBIOGRAPHY AND LEXICON ENTRIES DUE AT NOON


Thursday, December 8

We will meet to wrap up the class together, but we are now in full work mode for the final project. We will determine together the best use of class time.


Wednesday, December 14th

FINAL PROJECT DUE BY NOON
SUBMIT BY SENDING ALL FOUR OF YOUR MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS
TO ME AS ATTACHMENTS TO A SINGLE EMAIL

THE FOUR:

  • SHORTER PAPER
  • LEXICON ENTRY
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • FINAL PAPER/PROJECT

Note: anyone taking the extension for this paper by the normal procedure will have a deadline of Friday at noon.

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