Event—Adult Education

Reading Ulysses, Reading Dublin (Part I)


Begin reading James Joyce’s “Ulysses” and learn about the city of Dublin in part one of this literary class.

James Joyce. Call number: Midwest MS Butcher Series 6 Box 41 Folder 1727

Class Description

The first part of this two-part class focuses on the first ten chapters of Ulysses, with particular emphasis on the city of Dublin. In his meticulous reconstruction of the city, Joyce showcases those fault lines of history that have shaped the lives of the Dubliners we encounter.

In our close readings, we will not simply mark Dublin streets on a map; rather, we will examine the ways in which the confluence of space, time, and language offers us a deep understanding of Joyce’s beloved city and its inhabitants.

Susan Bazargan is an Emerita Professor of English and a James Joyce scholar.

Materials List


  • James Joyce, ed. Gabler, Ulysses, The Corrected Text. Random House, 1986


  • Robert Nicholson, The Ulysses Guide. New Island Books, 2019. ISBN: 1848407440

First Reading

  • Please read the first two chapters of Ulysses.

Cost and Description

Eight sessions, $268 ($241 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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