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James Joyce: Revolutions of the Word (EN3117)

Summer Reading List


Primary Texts 

  • Dubliners 
  • 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 acceptable.  

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 hand.   

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. 



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