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James Joyce: An Introduction

Learn about some of the censored texts that engage with personal attitudes and observations of the human condition.

Publisher: NPTEL
This free online course will teach you about censored writings written in different literary styles. You will learn about Ulysses; a cult text and the most representative text of modernism. You will be shown styles like obscurity and obscene paradox in text and the immediate capture of reality. You will learn about changes in thought and memory processes, changes in sentiments and how human movements are blended into each other.
James Joyce: An Introduction
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    4-5 Hours
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In this course, you will learn about different themes that focus on the carnivalesque quality of human bodily functions, organic functions, organicity, immediacy and automatisms. You will be shown censored text that engages with the vision of daily events, personal attitudes, cultural and political sentiments, and observations of the human condition. 

Also, you will be introduced to the literary criticism of the twentieth century present in the novel ‘Ulysses’. You will be taught the features of modernist fiction, the deconstruction of characters present in the novel. This will include things like recursive guilt and the disease of antisemitism in ‘Ulysses’. After this, you will learn about the sepulchral quality of Dublin, the metaphysical transition of souls and the communication crisis in Dublin. Themes such as the quest for paternity, the remorse of conscience and compassion as a heroic emotion will all be covered in this course.

Furthermore, this course will teach you about the story ‘Araby’; the text that explores the fall of Western civilization, inner awareness and the first step into manhood. You will learn about themes such as coming of age, religion and escapism present in the story ‘Araby'. You will be taught the literary symbolism of the decadence of Irish society and the fall of Araby in 'Araby'. This course is important for learners who want to understand the rationale of James Joyce’s 'Araby' and 'Ulysses', which is widely considered to be both a literary masterpiece and one of the hardest works of literature to read.

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