The Joyce of Music

Unterberg Poetry Center Writing Program

92nd Street Y, New York City

February-March 2016 — Sundays 2:00-5:00

my e-mail: mgroden@uwo.camy Web site:

course Web site:


James Joyce. Chamber Music. 1907. Any print or electronic version.

James Joyce. Dubliners. 1914. Selected stories. Any print or electronic version

James Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. 1916. Excerpts. Any print or electronic version.

James Joyce. Ulysses. 1922. Selected episodes. Any print or electronic version.

James Joyce. Finnegans Wake. 1939. Excerpts.
Any print or electronic version.


February 7 - the 36 short poems in Chamber Music

and four stories from Dubliners:

"Eveline," "Two Gallants," "The Boarding House," "Clay"

February 14 - no class

February 21 - two stories from Dubliners:

"A Painful Case," "A Mother," "The Dead"

and two excerpts from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:

1) Stephen's visit to Cork with his father in Chapter 2 (begins "Stephen was once again seated beside his father"
and ends "he forgot his own human and ineffectual grieving.")
2) his composition of a poem in Chapter 5 (begins "Towards dawn he awoke."
and ends with the full 19-line poem quoted).

February 28 - three episodes from Ulysses:

        1) "Calypso" (episode 4): begins "Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish" and ends "Poor Dignam!"
        2) "Lotus Eaters" (episode 5): begins "By lorries along sir John Rogerson's quay"
and ends "around the limp father of thousands, a languid floating flower."
        3) "Sirens" (episode 11): begins "Bronze by gold heard the hoofirons, steelyringing." and ends "Pprrpffrrppffff. / Done."

March 6 - one episode from Ulysses:

        1) "Penelope" (episode 18): begins "Yes because he never did a thing like that before as ask"
and ends "and yes I said yes I will Yes."

    and two brief excerpts from the beginning and end of Finnegans Wake:

        1) page 3 line 1 ("riverrun, past Eve and Adam's") to page 13 line 19 ("The harpsdischord shall be theirs for ollaves.")
        2) page 619 line 20 ("Soft morning, city!") to page 628 line 16 ("A way a lone a last a loved a long the")

After class, please join me at the Kinsale Tavern, 1672 3rd Ave. (between 93 and 94 Sts.)
to continue discussing Joyce and music (or anything else) more informally.