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James Joyce's Ulysses: Text and Contexts

Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2012

“James Joyce's ‘Ulysses’: Text and Contexts” is a five-week seminar in Ireland for sixteen college and university faculty on the development, contexts, and reception of James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses. Project directors Kevin Dettmar (English, Pomona College) and Paul Saint-Amour (English, University of Pennsylvania) lead a seminar to pursue a rich understanding of James Joyce’s Ulysses through a systematic exploration of 1) the different modes of critical interpretation that have been developed to confront the novel’s challenges, and 2) the various uses that have been made of Ulysses within the cultural institutions of literary modernism, secondary and higher education, and various forms of high and popular culture. By focusing intensively on Ulysses, its critical history, and current critical and textual theory, the seminar gives college and university teachers of modern literature resources to take back to their students and, at the same time, an opportunity to invest in their own scholarly research. There are excursions to Dublin sites that house important scholarly resources for Joyce scholars and one optional trip to Galway. Seminar readings include three books by Joyce: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses; as well as Joyce’s Critics: Transitions in Reading and Culture by Joseph Brooker, Ulysses by Hugh Kenner, and The Odyssey of Style in Ulysses by Karen Lawrence. The seminar takes place at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, and participants enjoy visiting scholar privileges at the Trinity College Library, where they have access to the comprehensive holdings of Joyce scholarship, as well as the National Library, which houses the largest collection of primary Joyce materials in the world. Participants are also able to conduct research at the James Joyce Center and the Dublin Irish Writers’ Museum.

Dates: June 18-July 20, 2012 (5 weeks)
Grantee Institutions: Pomona College
Location: Dublin, Ireland

About NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes. Each NEH Summer Seminar includes sixteen participants working in collaboration with one or two leading scholars. Participants have access to a major research collection, with time reserved to pursue individual projects.

Amount of Award

NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks), or $4,500 (6 weeks).


NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:

Adjunct faculty, community college faculty and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.

Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.