James Joyce's Ulysses (EAS3167)

StaffDr Vike Plock - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

As each week will focus on a particular theoretical or historical debate surrounding Joyce's text, students are introduced to a variety of critical readings that have emerged in Joyce studies over the years: Homeric Joyce, psychoanalysis, feminism, Marxism, new historicism, post-colonialism, cultural studies, and genetic criticism.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate and advanced critical understanding of Joyce's Ulysses;
  • 2. demonstrate an advanced ability to understand Ulysses in the context of Literary Modernism;
  • 3. demonstrate an advanced capacity to engage with concepts such as modernism, free indirect discourse, stream of consciousness, and other narrative techniques;
  • 45. demonstrate an advanced critical understanding of the historical and theoretical approaches that have been used in the analysis of Joyce's novel;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. demonstrate an advanced ability to analyse a modernist literary text and to relate it to its historical and cultural context;
  • 6. demonstrate an advanced ability to interrelate texts and discourses specific to their own discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history;
  • 7. demonstrate an advanced ability to understand and analyse relevant theoretical ideas, and to apply these ideas to literary texts;

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. through seminar work, demonstrate advanced communication skills, and an ability to work both individually and in groups;
  • 9. through essay-writing, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, an advanced capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose;
  • 10. through research for seminars and essays demonstrate advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis;
  • 11. through research and writing, demonstrate an advanced capacity to make critical use of secondary material, to question assumptions, and to reflect on their own learning process.

Syllabus plan

1.    Introduction: Ways of Reading Joyce's Ulysses

2.    Episodes 1-6: “The Telemachiad” and Leopold Bloom

3.    Episode 7: "Aeolus" and the Odyssey of Style

4.    Episode 10: "Wandering Rocks" and Marxism

5.    Episode 11: "Sirens," Music, and Post-Structuralism

6.    Episode 12: "Cyclops" and Post-Colonialism

7.    Episode 13: "Nausicaa," Advertising, and Popular Culture

8.    Episode 15: "Circe," Sexuality, and Psychoanalysis

9.    Episode 17: "Ithaca" and Science

10.  Episode 18: "Penelope" and Feminism

11.  "Anna Livia Plurabelle" (Finnegans Wake) and Genetic Criticism

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Guided independent33study group preparation and meetings
Guided independent70seminar preparation (individual)
Guided independent164reading, research and essay preparation

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical commentary251500 words1-7, 9-11
Essay proposal10500 words1-4, 8-11
Essay654000 words1-11

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Critical commentaryCritical commentary1-7, 9-11Referral/deferral period
Essay proposalEssay proposal1-4, 8-11Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay1-11Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Reading:

Joyce, James, Ulysses: The Corrected Text (ed.) Hans Walter Gabler (London and New York: Random

House, 1986)


Secondary Reading:

Attridge, Derek, Joyce Effects: On Language, Theory, and History (Cambridge: CUP, 2001)

Budgen, Frank, James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1967)

Gifford, Don with Robert J. Seidman, Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses (Berkeley:

University of California Press, 1988)

Gilbert, Stuart, James Joyce's Ulysses (New York: Vintage, 1958)

Kenner, Hugh, Joyce's Voices (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978)

Killeen, Terence, Ulysses Unbound: A Reader's Companion to James Joyce's Ulysses (Dublin: Wordwell,


Lawrence, Karen, The Odyssey of Style in Ulysses (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981)

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Reading for week 1

Plock, Vike Martina. “The seim anew: Joyce Studies for the Twenty-First Century.” Literature Compass 7

(2010): 477-83 (Reading pack)

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Key words search

Joyce, Ulysses, modernism