Online Literature Course: James Joyce’s Ulysses

November 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Online Literature Course: James Joyce’s Ulysses

Starting Wednesday, September 9th at 7pm, all are invited to join a free online Ulysses course series led by Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College. Spend your fall engaging with this epic novel with a group of enthusiastic readers and students. Each class will be segmented into two sections — an hour lecture followed by a question and answer period. The mixed format will ensure that readers can engage individually with the text while also gleaning important information about the novel’s themes and patterns. This series is co-sponsored by Swarthmore College, the MV Modern Novels Study Group, and the West Tisbury Library. This class is free and open to the public. The class schedule and materials can be accessed here: (password is “Ulysses”).


Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on alternating Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm: 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, and 12/9. Please email Jeff Nason by September 1 to enroll and receive the Zoom invitation:


Copies of the book are available at the West Tisbury Library, and the ebook version is available through CLAMS’ Overdrive. The recommended edition is Gabler edition, Vintage, 1986.

For more information about this course, check out the write-up by The Vineyard Gazette. What to Do During a Pandemic? Let Joyce and Morrison Guide



Before Sept 9, if possible, it is very advisable to read Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. That is an indispensable lead-in to Ulysses (which he wrote next).

Sept 9 – Ulysses, 1-3 twice
Sept 23 – Ulysses, 4-6 twice, 7
Oct 7 – Ulysses 8-9
Oct 21 – Ulysses 10-11
Nov 4 – Ulysses 12-13
[We will not attend to chapters 14 and 16.] Nov 18 – Ulysses 15
Dec 9 – Ulysses 17-18

“Twice” is emphasized for the 1st 2 sessions, though the entire book benefits by as much rereading as one can muster.