"Ulysses"

Paul C. Doherty

Wednesdays, February 28 - April 4 10:00 a.m. - noon 6 sessions
Prescott House, 55 Beacon Street

Together we will read and discuss a number of crucial sections of Ulysses, James Joyce’s formidable, honored novel published in 1922. I expect that you will find, as I have found, that Ulysses is a sanctuary of life itself, its difficulties and its rewards. In its pages you will find joy, regret, energy, courage, generosity, betrayal, confusion, humor, and, in Joyce’s words, “the soul of the commonest object.” 

However, Ulysses is occasionally a difficult book, upsetting much of our familiar ways of reading, and it is very long. With these considerations in mind, certain passages of the novel will be selected for our attention, passages important both  for their significance in the progress of the story and for their astonishing beauty. We will pay particular attention to Leopold Bloom, the vexed but doughty hero  of the novel, as he meanders through Dublin on June 16, 1904, the day on which the novel takes place, and to his wife Molly, who spends most of her day in bed.  

(Note: The edition of Ulysses that I am strongly recommending is the 1934 edition, published after the U.S. ban on the book was lifted. Two versions of this  standard edition are readily available, a Vintage paperback and a Modern Library hardcover. I hope that you will avail yourself of one of these.)

Teaching Style: Seminar     Weekly Preparation: 1½ hours


    Paul C. Doherty

    Paul C. Doherty retired in June 2012 from Boston College, where he had taught for 48 years, serving two terms as chairman of the English department and one as an associate dean.