James Joyce’s Dubliners, with Rhoda Flaxman
Class meets:Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Seamens’ Bank conference room, 2746 Route
6, Wellfleet. October 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13.
This semester we explore the short fiction of James Joyce. Often avoided by readers due to his reputation of being difficult to understand, his short stories are neither impenetrable and humorless, nor experimental. His short story collection offers us an accessible introduction to this iconic modernist, and a chance to dig into the riches of Irish history, myth, religion, and human relationships. Together, the stories trace a trajectory of life, starting with childhood. Many critics consider “The Dead, “
the last story in the collection, to be the greatest short story ever written. We will want to decide whether we agree.
Participants should buy The Norton Critical Edition of Joyce’s Dubliners, available at your local bookstore or on Amazon. We will be dipping into some interesting critical analyses of the stories as the course progresses.
This course will operate as a combination of mini-lecture and directed discussion, and is led by Rhoda Flaxman, a year-round Wellfleet resident and a lifelong teacher of literature who founded The Open University of Wellfleet in 2013 and continues as Director.