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ENGL340 Modernism: Joyce

An intensive study of James Joyce’s 'Ulysses' inquiring into selected aspects of Modernism.

Consistently rated either the first or one of the top five novels ever written; described by T.S. Eliot as "brilliant", Virginia Woolf as "a masterpiece", W.B. Yeats as of "immense importance", Ulysses is undoubtedly the twentieth century book that everyone wants to say they have read. Lectures, tutorials and group readings will investigate Joyce's experiments with language and with structure; the function of history and/or myth; the role of the comic; and the tensions between innovation and various forms of tradition.

Paper title Modernism: Joyce
Paper code ENGL340
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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18 200-level ENGL points
ENGL 240
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

Teaching staff

To be advised when next offered.

Paper Structure
Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour seminar involving group discussion and individual tutorial presentations.
Teaching Arrangements
The seminar programme is designed to give you the opportunity to study at least 13 of the 18 episodes of Ulysses in depth and to stimulate you to think about aspects of modernism while thoroughly enjoying one of the great comic novels of the 20th century. This paper can be taken at either the 200- or the 300-level as this paper is taught in conjunction with ENGL 240.

James Joyce - Ulysses (Penguin, 2000).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Increase an understanding of what is meant by a literary movement
  • Develop an appreciation for the history of the interpretation of texts
  • Enhance hermeneutical skills
  • Develop an understanding of the complex interplay of context, inter text, text and metatext
  • Gain an awareness of the interpretative strengths and weaknesses of literary theory

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system