Pedagogy, Praxis, Ulysses

Using Joyce's Text to Transform the Classroom
Robert Newman, Editor
Ulysses as a touchstone for generating provacative ideas for innovation in teaching.


Much theoretical debate has occurred about James Joyce's Ulysses as a model for reading. Critics often cite it as the ideal writerly text, where, according to Barthes, the reader becomes actively involved in producing meaning rather than a mere consumer of words. Post-structuralist, Marxist, and feminist theorists variously see the novel as the place to discover the infinite deferral of understanding, the polyphonic text that liberates the reader from narrow ideological meaning, or the work that undercuts prevalent psychoanalytical notions of language and offers new interpretive strategies. In many ways, Ulysses is a chameleon text, accommodating multiple interpretations while permitting infinite possibilities for discovery.

Pedagogy, Praxis, Ulysses approaches Joyce's novel not simply as a text to be examined, but as a touchstone to generate theoretical and practical ideas for innovation in teaching. The collection employs Ulysses as a springboard for thought- provoking questions about how we read, learn, and teach--and about how new, open-minded approaches to pedagogy can communicate to students the value of interpreting as a strategy of survival, and questioning as a vital technique for experiencing life.

Contributors to the volume are M. Keith Booker, Sheldon Brivic, Kevin Dettmar, Michael Patrick Gillespie, Roy Gottfried, Margaret Mills Harper, R. Brandon Kershner, Archie Loss, Patrick Lynch, Robert Newman, Margot Norris, Jörg Rademacher, Susan Shaw Sailer, Brian Schaffer, Carol Schloss, Gregory Ulmer, E. P. Walkiewicz, Craig Werner, and Jennifer Wicke.

Robert Newman is Professor and Chair of the Department of English, University of South Carolina.

Praise / Awards

  • "For anyone who cares about teaching Joyce--or teaching at all-- this volume is a rich, provocative, surprising, invigorating, and, above all, passionately argued collection. The essays are astonishingly different, despite their common focus on Ulysses, but what they all share is a sense of the classroom as a powerful forum for challenging received ideas."
    --Garry Leonard, University of Toronto, Scarborough
  • "Practical, stimulating and scholarly, Pedagogy, Praxis, Ulysses is a valuable contribution to the study of Joyce, particularly at a time when the special claims of all literary work are obscured by the gaudiness of literary theory. The essays offer innovative instruction on how 'to use Joyce's text to transform the classroom'."
    --James Joyce Broadsheet

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Illustrations - ix

Robert Newman - I


"In the buginning is the woid":
Opening Lines and the Protocols of Reading
Michael patrick Gillespie - 9

Ulysses and the Preemptive Power of Plot
Kevin J. H. Dettmar - 21

Teaching Joyce Teaching Kristeva:
Estrangement in the Modern World
Carol Shloss - 47

Bread and Wine, Coke and Peanuts:
Teaching Sacrificial Feasts
Margaret Mills Harper - 63


Theater of the Mind: "Circe" and Avant-Garde Form
Margot Norris - 79

Women in Rooms, Women in History
Susan Shaw Sailer - 97

Teaching Freud through "Nausicaa"
Brian W. Shaffer - 121


Decolonizing Literature:
Ulysses and the Postcolonial Novel in English
M. Keith Booker - 135

Teaching Howards End through Ulysses through Bakhtin
R. Brandon Kershner - 153

Dialogic Monologue, or Divided Discourse in Ulysses and Othello
Sheldon Brivic - 167


Reading the Text of Ulysses, "Reading" Other "Texts":
Representation and the Limits of Visual and Verbal Narratives
Roy Gottfried - 181

Ulysses, Cubism, and MTV
Archie K. Loss - 195

Discovering Body Tropes through Ulysses
Robert Newman - 207


"Cyclops," "Sirens," and the Myths of Multicultural Modernism
Craig Werner - 225

Ulysses, Order, Myth:
Classification and Modern Literature
E. P. Walkiewicz - 241

The Heuretics of Odyssey: Ulysses in Florida
Gregory L. Ulmer - 253

Contributors - 267

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