Virtual Course | The Short Fiction of James Joyce and His Contemporaries

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Date / Time

  • April 26, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 17, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 31, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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



Our Spring course with one of the most prominent Joyce scholars today, Paul Saint-Amour, is still on!  We’re moving it to Zoom. We’ll meet three Sundays on Zoom for an immersive discussion of highlights from Joyce’s Dubliners paired thematically with stories by Katherine Mansfield, Rebecca West, and Virginia Woolf.

“We are still learning to be James Joyce’s contemporaries, to understand our interpreter.” So begins Richard Ellmann’s celebrated biography of Joyce. But as much as Joyce may have been ahead of his time, he was also the contemporary of his contemporaries, some of whom exhibited a similar impatience with the conventions of short fiction. In this mini-course, we’ll pair stories from Joyce’s Dubliners with short fiction by three of Joyce’s cohort of English-language modernist writers, Katherine Mansfield, Rebecca West, and Virginia Woolf. Our gambit: that reading these stories in tandem will reveal both their commonalities and their particularities. Because the texts are brief, we’ll have time to discuss them in immersive detail. Participants don’t have to be familiar with Joyce, or indeed with any of these writers, to enjoy the class.


Joyce Short Fiction syllabus

Mansfield–The Garden Party

West–Indissoluble Matrimony

Woolf–Solid Objects

About the Instructor

Paul Saint-Amour, English Department Chair, University of Pennsylvania.


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