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Situated Literatures II: James Joyce as a European Writer


Admission requirements

  • A relevant BA degree. If in doubt, please contact the tutor.

  • This course can only be taken in combination with Situated Literatures I (Block 1)!


This course is an extension of the MA course “Situated Literatures” (5 EC), and intends to offer a detailed study and analytical reading of Ulysses by James Joyce (1882-1941), one of the most innovative and influential writers in English of the twentieth century. We will place his work in a historical, literary and theoretical context. Questions to be addressed among others will be: what are the major contributions of Joyce to the development of Modernism? How ‘European’ is Joyce? How much does Ulysses rely on Homer’s Odyssey?

Course objectives

Based on the assumption that participants have already acquired the basic skills for the analysis of literary texts, this course aims to extend these skills both in terms of textual analysis (close reading) and contextual approach (cultural-historical as well as theoretical). Students will be encouraged to share analytical and theoretical views on Ulysses in class discussion, and to focus research skills on a relevant subject of their own choice within the parameters of the course in the form of a final research paper.


The timetable on the website.

Mode of instruction

3-hour seminar per week.

Course Load

The course load is 140 hours:

  • 21 hours of tutorial

  • 80 hours of reading primary and secondary material

  • 39 hours for research and writing of the research paper.
    The hours above are an approximate calculation only. Some students read fast and write slow and vice versa.

Assessment method


Evaluation of this course will be on the basis of participation in class discussion (20%) + a written paper of ca. 5,000 words (80%).


See above


Revision of essay in case of an insufficient first essay.

Exam review

Each essay will be assessesed according to a form which will explain the final mark. Students will receive this form, and can request a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results.


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.

Reading list

  • James Joyce, Ulysses: Annotated Student’s Edition, with an introduction and notes by Declan Kiberd (Penguin)

  • Sean Latham, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Ulysses(2014)


Enrolment through uSis for classes, exams and final paper for classes, exams and final papers is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

When registering students of the MA Literary studies take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the coordinator of studies: Jurjen Donkers.

Contact details

For questions concerning the course content or blackboard module contact the instructor of the course: dhr. Prof.dr. P. Liebregts.

Literary Studies departmental office

Coordinator of studies: Mr. J. Donkers, MA.