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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3274
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Fiction
Dubliners is both an excellent introduction to James Joyce and a text that stands on its own as a classic short story cycle. Considered Joyces first masterpiece, this volume explores the everyday joys, sorrows, regrets, and confusions of Dublin people of Edwardian period. It has been recognized as containing some of the 20th centurys finest short fiction. Students read all 15 stories, beginning with stories of childhood and adolescence, moving on to prime-of-life stories of love, loneliness, marriage, and family, and ending with stories that describe arts, politics, and religion at the waning of one century and the dawning of another. We end with the masterwork novella, The Dead, which gathers all the stories into a final epiphany, in Joyces own words, a sudden spiritual manifestation that opens the consciousness to truths that have been lingering in the air or in the psyche. This is an opportunity to study Dubliners in detail and from both the naturalistic and symbolic perspectives, as both realistic prose and as enigmatic and emotionally layered poetry.
Course Open to: Degree Students