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James Joyce’s Ulysses

April 6 - June 1, 2022
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (9 sessions)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205
Limited to 12 participants


February 2, 2022, marks the 100th anniversary of the publication in Paris of James Joyce’s Ulysses, long considered one of the most important works of modernist literature and a uniquely challenging and rewarding book. Based in part on Joyce’s lifelong interest in Homer’s Odyssey, and set in Dublin, “the great Hibernian metropolis,” Ulysses also represents an astonishingly inventive representation of one day in the lives of a few Dubliners connected by chance and circumstance amid the noisy minutiae of contemporary urban existence. Joyce’s specific and sometimes notorious attention to the ebbs and flows of his characters’ consciousness, as well as his audacity as a literary artist, have brought enduring controversy as well as unstinting renown to his book.

In this nine week seminar, we will specifically explore the rich and abiding relation of Ulysses to Homer’s Odyssey while following other threads of meaning as well. Although Joyce once joked that he “put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, ” we will approach the book as readers first and foremost, rather than as scholars, hoping to follow the journeys of Joyce’s characters in their Dublin day and to grasp the simple and humane insights of Joyce’s vision.

Ulysses by James Joyce, the Everyman Library edition, based on the widely accepted 1960 Bodley Head text of the novel.

In-Person Seminar
Note: This seminar meets in-person at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington. Literary Arts will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result (within 72 hours) from a healthcare provider, for entry into our in-person classes. Literary Arts will follow mask mandates, in accordance with current public health mandates in the state of Oregon. Please see our complete Covid-19 policy here.

Access Program
We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class and Delve tuitions at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.


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Christopher Zinn

Christopher Zinn grew up in Pine City, New York, and was educated at Georgetown and at New York University, where he received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Christopher currently teaches humanities at the Portland Waldorf High School.
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