Course: James Joyce’s Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – SOLD OUT

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Date / Time

  • February 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 27, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 18, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 15, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


In this course, we’ll read two modernist masterpieces by James Joyce: Dubliners, a collection of stories, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce’s semi-autobiographical novel. Along the way, we’ll read some of Joyce’s letters and earlier writings, and a few key works of literary criticism, seeking to understand the forces that drove Joyce to exile himself from Ireland, only to then repeatedly turn his attention back to the city he left behind. Veterans of The Rosenbach’s Ulysses course will find so much to love in Joyce’s earlier writings, while those steeling themselves to take the plunge into Joyce’s famously difficult book will gain an invaluable introduction.

Required Texts

James Joyce, Dubliners (1914)
Preferred edition: Penguin Classics, with intro and notes by Terrence Brown
New York: Penguin, 1992, ISBN: 0140186476

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
Preferred edition: Penguin Classics, with intro and notes by Seamus Deane
New York: Penguin, 1992, ISBN: 0142437344


Dubliners and Portrait of an Artist Syllabus

About the Instructor

Dr. Ted Howell teaches at Rowan University and received his Ph.D. from Temple University in 2017, where he wrote a dissertation on modernist fiction and presented his work at three international James Joyce Conferences.  He has twice led The Rosenbach’s Ulysses course, acted as “expert on call” at Bloomsday three years running, and has been attending Bloomsday at The Rosenbach since 2002.

About Rosenbach Courses

Revisit beloved classics or experience new ones with Rosenbach courses. Book lovers delve into fiction, history, and poetry with the guidance of a literary expert and the company of other readers. Tuition varies according to length of the course; Rosenbach members at the Contributor level and above receive a 10% discount on tuition.