Virtual Course | Learning Ulysses Online led by Robert Berry

Date / Time

  • October 20, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 17, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 15, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • January 19, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • February 16, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • March 16, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • April 20, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • May 18, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • June 8, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



  • Tuition for this course is $450.
  • Rosenbach members receive a 10% discount on tuition.
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  • This course is limited to participants who are 17 years of age or older.
  • Two complimentary tickets to visit The Rosenbach are included with your paid registration for this virtual course. You will receive the discount code in your email confirmation and tickets can be booked here. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation and contact us at [email protected] with any questions.
  • Before the first meeting, The Rosenbach will send the Zoom link for course meetings. 
  • If you have questions about registration, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].



Course Description

This year, as James Joyce’s Ulysses becomes 100 years old, rediscover just how much fun it can be to read it. Students in this class will work together to gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for life and central literary achievements of James Joyce focusing on his best known work Ulysses (pub. 1922). Secondary readings and class discussions may occasionally dip into Joyce’s earlier or later works, but the main goal will be to read this novel together and unravel some (though certainly not all) of its mysteries. Class meetings will be conducted over Zoom where we will focus on answering questions that arise from the reading. Our hope is to build an interesting conversation for first-time and returning readers as we puzzle our way through some of the novel’s enigmas and enjoy its language. But students will also find a great number of lectures offered via Google Classroom for those wishing to go deeper into the Joycean waters. These brief lectures are available there in both video and in text format so that students can suit them to their own pace with the book. There are also additional readings on the Classroom site which are meant to supplement the novel and showcase the enjoyment (or bafflement) felt by generations of readers. They are not to be seen as a requirement but as an aid, or a dessert even, to your diet of monthly Joyce.


Syllabus for Learning Ulysses Online


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”. He occasionally still has time to paint pretty pictures.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships may be available for this course. For more information, please contact Emilie Parker at [email protected].

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