[In Progress] Ulysses Weekly with Robert Berry | Virtual Course

Date / Time

  • May 23, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • May 30, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • June 6, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • June 13, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



  • Tuition for this course is $450. Members receive exclusive discounts on our programs and courses. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This course is limited to participants who are 18 years of age or older.
  • Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society on December 6, for Rosenbach members on December 20, and for the general public on January 3.

This course is currently in progress; registration is now closed.


One hundred years later and people are still reading, and talking about, James Joyce’s Ulysses. From Samuel Beckett to Michael Chabon, from Jackson Pollack to Sean Scully, from Orson Welles to Spike Jonze and from Bob Dylan to Patti Smith few single works of literature have had the same inspiring effect on so many artists of different disciplines, making it one of the most widely read and discussed works of fiction written in the English language. 

This immersive weekly course will help readers explore (and enjoy) the intricacies, enigmas and hilarities of Ulysses. First time readers of the novel will find many resources for understanding this challenging work. For those returning to the novel, this will be a great way to delve even deeper into a book whose depths never seem to end.  Most of all, the best way to read Ulysses is with a group, over an extended period of time (with an expert leader), in a shared experience.  The Rosenbach, home of one of the great Joyce collections in the world, including the most complete manuscript of Ulysses in existence, has been providing this experience for decades. Included in this course will be both an in person and an online presentation of our Joyce materials.   


Participants in Ulysses Weekly: 

  • will be able to access at their own convenience pre-recorded short lectures by the instructor  
  • join live weekly class discussions (all recorded and available to to those who might not be able to make all the weekly meetings) 
  • will have the opportunity to read at the Rosenbach’s Bloomsday Festival on June 16, 2024 

Ulysses Weekly Syllabus 

About the instructor 

Robert Berry is a Philadelphia artist and educator who has spent over a decade translating James Joyce’s Ulysses into comics and other media. He teaches courses in comics and Ulysses at the University of Pennsylvania and is known throughout the Joyce community for his work on ULYSSES “Seen” and his regular contributions to the James Joyce Quarterly. He occasionally still has time to paint pretty pictures and has been leading courses on Ulysses at the Rosenbach since 2017.