James Joyce: Revolutions of the Word (EN3117)
Summer Reading List
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (if
you haven’t read it for ‘Modernist Literature’)
- Ulysses (ed. Jeri Johnson).
NB Acquire the Oxford World Classics
editions for all three.
No other editions in the classroom are
Secondary Texts (and guides)
Richard Ellmann, James Joyce – a fantastic
biography of one of the more heroically interesting literary lives. Second
hand copies available online – go for the second edition if possible.
To help read Ulysses, Jeri Johnson’s
introduction to her edition, and her notes with short summaries of each chapter
are excellent. Sufficient to get you
through the book. My reader’s guide
(attached) will also help.
Aim to read Ulysses in about ten days –
about 70-80 pages a day. Keep away from screens. Keep going. Keep a hold of the thread in your
For deeper contexts, RHUL library allows
you to access ‘Cambridge Companions Online’ (you have to be logged in if you’re
off campus). There’s a recent Cambridge
Companion to Ulysses, and an older one to James Joyce. Both have useful material in them.