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Modernism and After: Joyce, O'Brien, Beckett

Class at Faculty of Arts |



An exploration of selected texts of three seminal authors of European modernism and post, focused particularly on the use of and experimentation with language and form in the context of the individual writers? aesthetics, the treatment of memory, and the variegated negotiations with history.

SCHEDULE 1. Introductory 2.-4. James Joyce, Ulysses 5.-6. Flann O?Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds 7.-8. ??, The Third Policeman 9. Samuel Beckett, Krapp?s Last Tape 10. ??, A Piece of Monologue 11. ??, Company 12. ??, Worstward Ho


Don Gifford (with Robert J. Seidman), Ulysses Annotated, rev. and expanded ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988)

Derek Attridge (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Keith Hopper, Flann O?Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-Modernist (Cork: Cork University Press, 1995)

?Three Dialogues by Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit.? Martin Esslin (ed.), Samuel Beckett.

A Collection of Critical Essays (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1965), 16-22

John Pilling (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Beckett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

James Knowlson, Damned to Fame. The Life of Samuel Beckett (London: Bloomsbury, 1996)

Hugh Kenner, A Colder Eye: The Modern Irish Writers (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983)


Attendance, active participation in debates (based on the assigned reading), an in-class presentation and a final essay (min. length 2 500 words).