James Joyce’s Ulysses: A Three-Part Course with Dr. Joseph Luzzi

James Joyce’s Ulysses: A Three-Part Course with Dr. Joseph Luzzi


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What makes James Joyce’s classic novel from 1922, Ulysses, one of the best-known yet also–because of its mighty challenges–the least read of perhaps all of the world’s most recognizable books? In this three-part series, we will do a “deep dive” into this fascinating work, unpacking its mysteries and exploring its insights on a dizzying array of subjects: from ancient literature and modern fiction to Irish politics, Joyce’s own “exilic” biography, and the vigorous literary avant-garde of the early twentieth century.

This seminar is led by award-winner author, scholar, and teacher Joseph Luzzi, Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. Together we will develop a reading of Joyce’s novel as we create the tools for entering into his complex verbal world and making sense of a book that, in Joyce’s own words, contained “so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries.

Recommended book edition: James Joyce, Ulysses (The Gabler Edition; Vintage, 1986)

Lecture 1: Stephen Hero

Our first session will introduce us to Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom as we focus on Ulysses, Part 1, Episodes 1–3, and Part 2, Episodes 4–11.

Lecture 2: A Day in the Life

Our second session will take us through the city of Dublin’s role as a character when we focus on Ulysses, Part 2, Episodes 12–15.

Lecture 3: Molly’s World

Our third and final session will explore Molly Bloom’s thoughts and her place in this world when we focus on Ulysses, Part 3, Episodes 16–18.

Joseph Luzzi received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, where he has taught since 2002 after being a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education, he is the author of 5 books, including My Two Italies, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love, a Vanity Fair “Must-Read” selection. His work has been translated into multiple languages and his many awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In 2017 he was named Cittadino Onorario/Honorary Citizen in Acri, Calabria, his Italian parents’ birthplace. His next book is Botticelli’s Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance, which will be published by W. W. Norton. Professor Luzzi is the founder of the Virtual Book Club, an online community of readers dedicated to exploring some of the best books ever written. Learn more at JosephLuzzi.com.

How does it work?

This is a three-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.

Is there a reading list in advance?

Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. You will receive this soon after course registration.

How long are the lectures?

Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.

How much is the course?

The course is $105 for three lectures.

Is a recording available?

Yes. If you need to miss a lecture, you will be sent a recording after the event.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Cheryl (Hamburg, DE)
Outstanding study of Joyce's Ulysses

Dr. Luzzi made the inaccessable, accessable, in a very digestable and enjoyable way. Only with his guidance was I able to read, and get the most out of, this very complex book.

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Jane Schulman (Longmeadow, US)

Joseph luzzi should not be missed. What an exciting class on James Joyce Ulysees. I m ready to tackle the book now. Joseph Luzzi is an excellent teacher, and I can't believe I had this wonderful opportunity to learn with him through Context travel..

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Barbara Morgan (Washington, US)
Broadening experience ...

Read Ulysses before participating in lecture. Dr. Luzzi offered a broad view of this remarkable piece of literature and teased us to reread with new awareness of the breadth of Joyce’s remarkable creation.

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Koula Lolos (Fairfax, US)
Best ever series

Fantastic lecturer. Professor Luzzi makes this difficult book come to life. Could not be better. He not only knows his subject thoroughly, but he also knows how to inspire his students. This course was top notch in every aspect.

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Koula Lolos (Fairfax, US)
Fabulous presentation

Delightful presentation by someone who knows his subject well. Exciting and informative for someone who has tried to get through Ulysses on 3 different occasions. Prof Luzzi has inspired me to go for it again !

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
78%
(7)
22%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
C
Cheryl (Hamburg, DE)
Outstanding study of Joyce's Ulysses

Dr. Luzzi made the inaccessable, accessable, in a very digestable and enjoyable way. Only with his guidance was I able to read, and get the most out of, this very complex book.

J
Jane Schulman (Longmeadow, US)

Joseph luzzi should not be missed. What an exciting class on James Joyce Ulysees. I m ready to tackle the book now. Joseph Luzzi is an excellent teacher, and I can't believe I had this wonderful opportunity to learn with him through Context travel..

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Barbara Morgan (Washington, US)
Broadening experience ...

Read Ulysses before participating in lecture. Dr. Luzzi offered a broad view of this remarkable piece of literature and teased us to reread with new awareness of the breadth of Joyce’s remarkable creation.

K
Koula Lolos (Fairfax, US)
Best ever series

Fantastic lecturer. Professor Luzzi makes this difficult book come to life. Could not be better. He not only knows his subject thoroughly, but he also knows how to inspire his students. This course was top notch in every aspect.

K
Koula Lolos (Fairfax, US)
Fabulous presentation

Delightful presentation by someone who knows his subject well. Exciting and informative for someone who has tried to get through Ulysses on 3 different occasions. Prof Luzzi has inspired me to go for it again !