Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Reading Ulysses
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  5000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  5000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the text of Ulysses and analyse key passages thoroughly.

Situate Joyce’s novel in its relevant biographical, social, historical, and/or political contexts.

Display a sound understanding of one or more theoretical approaches to reading Ulysses.

Write in a scholarly and critically informed manner about Joyce’s novel.

Brief description

James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) is a brilliant, challenging book, a novel with which any serious student of modern literature will wish to come to grips. This module offers students an opportunity to read, discuss, and study Joyce’s magnum opus in detail, chapter-by-chapter, with expert guidance. It is designed to be accessible for absolute beginners as well as enlightening for readers already familiar with Joyce’s text. A carefully curated, manageable programme of supplementary reading will introduce students to a range of critical and theoretical approaches – including psychoanalysis, feminism, deconstruction, and postcolonialism – that throw light on Ulysses’s dense web of meaning. The module will also situate the novel in its social, historical, and literary-historical contexts. However, the primary focus is upon reading the text, closely and attentively, from beginning to end.


Session 1 – Introduction: Ulysses in Time
Session 2 – Stephen’s Morning (Chapters 1-3)
Session 3 – Bloom: Hello and Goodbye to Life (Chapters 4-6)
Session 4 – Diurnal Dublin (Chapters 7-9)
Session 5 – Across City-Space (Chapters 10-12)
Session 6 – Textual Transmogrifications (Chapters 13-14)
Session 7 – A Whole Other Scene (Chapter 15)
Session 8 – Odds and Ends (Chapters 16-17)
Session 9 – Penelope’s Pleasures (Chapter 18)
Session 10 - Revision and assessment advice

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Creative Problem Solving Assessing and solving problems collaboratively through discussion and exercises during seminars; addressing research problems and key critical issues through work for essay assignment.
Critical and analytical thinking Advanced skills of critical reading and textual analysis developed through seminar preparation, focused seminar exercises, and research for essay assignments.
Professional communication Oral communication skills developed through seminar discussions; written communication honed through work towards a substantial critical essay.
Subject Specific Skills Writing skills, critical reading and reflection, and conceptual knowledge in a range of relevant fields of literary studies.


This module is at CQFW Level 7