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Joyce's Dubliners: Not a Collection but a Coherent Whole

Most readers encounter these stories individually, in anthologies and in isolation. Most readers encounter “Araby” and “The Dead” without the intervening stories as links or commentary. Joyce presents aspects of Dublin in all of them, but their commonality and narrative identities are closely interwoven, presenting a vision of much more than Dublin’s citizens in action. They speak together. However different the voices sound, their counterpoints are planned and mutually illuminating. Joyce was learning his craft as a novelist and conceived these tales as parts of a whole. Or so I will propose. We will read all of the stories as they comment on and complete one another, driving inexorably towards the final tale: “The Dead.”

Instructor John Ward has been professor and chair of Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) English Department and has served as Dean of Centre College (Danville, KY). He earned his B.A. from Amherst College and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and has taught courses in 18th- and 19th-century British literature and the history of the British novel. He has published on 18th- and 19th-century British works, as well as those of Vachel Lindsay and Robert Lowell.

Class Limit: 25

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 10:00 AM until Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Zoom: link will be sent by email before first class<br />In-person: St. Andrews Church
11 Glidden St
Newcastle, ME  
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Event Contact(s):
John C Ward
Fall 2023
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