Huntington, Ind.—Looking for a new book to read? Perhaps the “best novel of the twentieth century” will spark your interest. An upcoming Fall Gateway Course in the Huntington College EXCEL Program will explore James Joyce’s Ulysses, a work that received the best novel accolade from Modern Library’s editorial board four years ago. Dr. Del Doughty, associate professor of English at Huntington College, will teach this five-week course on Monday nights from 6-10:00 p.m., on December 6 and 13, and January 3, 10, and 17. The course can be taken for three credits or non-credit.
“Joyce spent a lot of time with adult students while writing Ulysses, and his correspondence indicates that he treasured his relationships with many of them,” Doughty said.
The course will offer adult students a chance to make an initial reading of this complex, scandalous, important, and very funny and influential book. Class lectures and discussions will focus on understanding the plot, exploring structural parallels to Homer’s Odyssey, examining the novel’s spiritual themes, and identifying Joyce’s innovative methods for telling a story. Doughty is currently writing an introduction for a new edition of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and will present a paper on Joyce at the North American James Joyce Conference at Cornell University in June, 2005.
Doughty earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Penn State University in 1995. His professional interests include writing and information technology, hypertext poetics, haiku and film. He has received grants from the NEH, Indiana Arts Commission, and the Lilly Endowment for both his research and his poetry.
The registration deadline for James Joyce’s Ulysses is November 29. For more information about the class or the EXCEL Program, visit www.huntington.edu/excel, phone (260) 359-4162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.