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Reading James Joyce: life, place, fiction

Explore the life and words of James Joyce, and the literary and conceptual themes of his works.

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Three weeks This course will begin on 15 July 2024. Department of English and Related Literature FutureLearn

This course will help you to think about the history of Joyce’s writing, about censorship and free speech, and accusations of blasphemy or obscenity in famously banned books. It will be a course about modern fiction and experiment, and also about the linguistic experiment which preoccupied Joyce throughout his writing career, ending with the multilingual achievement which is Finnegans Wake.

We will also help readers to think about Joycean forms - short story, bildungsroman, comedy, epic, interior monologue, dream writing, innovative fiction - and Joycean themes - religion, colonialism, gender, race and revolution.

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