Approaches to Teaching Joyce’s Ulysses

  • Editors: Kathleen McCormick, Erwin R. Steinberg
  • Pages: xii & 178 pp.
  • Published: 1993
  • ISBN: 9780873527118 (Cloth)
  • ISBN: 9780873527125 (Paperback)
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“For anyone teaching the novel today for the first time, [this collection] has a good many useful tips, excellent directions as to how to use current resources, and some helpful aids.”

James Joyce Literary Supplement

Approaches to Teaching Joyce’s Ulysses gives us all some wonderful ideas to steal.”

James Joyce Quarterly

“This is an excellent volume and those who are not teachers will learn as much from it as those who are.”

Review of English Studies

Ulysses is generally recognized as the most influential of all modernist literary texts, and seven decades after its publication the novel continues to fascinate, tease, and engage students. The essays collected in this Approaches volume offer suggestions for teaching Ulysses in courses ranging from first-year literature surveys to graduate-level seminars.

The volume, like others in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first part, “Materials,” reviews editions of Ulysses (as well as manuscripts and prepublication materials), biographical resources, critical works, and audiovisual materials. The sixteen essays in the second part, “Approaches,” discuss the aesthetic and political backgrounds against which Ulysses was written and examine the changing perspectives from which it has been read. The book includes course syllabi and essay assignments, conversion formulas for two recent United States editions of Ulysses, and several adaptations of Joyce’s schema of Homeric correspondence for classroom use.