Introduction to James Joyce and Dubliners, June 11-July 9
7:00-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, 18, [no class June 25], July 2 and 9. (4 sessions). Class fee: $80 or $72 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Dr. Patrick O'Donnell: email@example.com
Learn how the extraordinary genius, James Joyce (1882-1941), employed his concept of the epiphany to examine the ordinary lives of the Dublin middle class in his highly accessible and ironically observed collection of fifteen stories, Dubliners (1914). The course will examine the biography of Joyce, his importance within the Irish Literary Revival, his respectful yet contentious relationship with the older W.B. Yeats, and the models Joyce sought to emulate and surpass as he interrogated the spiritual paralysis he saw at the heart of the colonized metropolis. [Course text: Dubliners by James Joyce. [Any edition]]
Although busy as the Celtic Junction Art Center's Director of Education and the founder and Director of the Irish Fair's annual St. Paul Irish Arts Week (since 2016), Dr. Patrick O’Donnell, a Professor of English at Normandale Community College, is particularly passionate about Ireland’s extraordinarily complex, multidimensional and rich literary history. This course will place the great James Joyce within the contexts of Irish history, cultural nationalism, and the debates that led to modernism. No previous knowledge of either James Joyce or Irish literature is necessary.