James Joyce • “The Dead” • Unit A

Overview

There are five tasks in Unit A about James Joyce’s short story “The Dead.” Each of the tasks is explained on this webpage.

Begin <James Joyce • “The Dead” • Unit A> on Monday, June 24th, 2019. Complete the five tasks in the unit no later than 11:00 pm Eastern on Monday, July 1st, 2019. Late work will receive a grade of zero.

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Task A.1
Read Joyce’s “The Dead”

Read James Joyce’s short story “The Dead” (written in 1907; first published in 1914). You have two options for reading it; choose one or the other.

First Option • Read the story without notes — i.e. in a straight-up, uninterrupted format — on a single webpage from the University of Adelaide in Australia. Here is the artifact: James Joyce’s “The Dead” as a webpage. The link opens in a new window.

Second Option • Read the story on a PDF in a version with notes, produced by your instructor. Here is the artifact: James Joyce’s “The Dead” as a PDF. The link opens in a new window.

You absolutely must read the story. However, in addition to reading it, you may find it useful to listen to a reading of it in unabridged (i.e. full-length) form. The reader is the acclaimed Irish actor Barry McGovern, who has been a guest of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching at Georgia Southern University. Here is the artifact: Barry McGovern reads Joyce’s “The Dead” (via Stitcher). The link opens in a new window.

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Task A.2
Listen to Three Short Podcasts

Can Be Done Concurrently with Task A.3

University College Dublin (U.C.D.), a unit of the National University of Ireland, has produced a series of six high-value podcasts about different aspects of Joyce’s “The Dead.” The overall title for the series is Joyce’s Dublin: An Exploration of “The Dead.” This task requires you to listen to the first three of the podcasts (also called episodes) — in order, from first to third. The podcasts are available on a single webpage from U.C.D.’s Humanities Institute. Here are the artifacts: Podcasts 1 through 3 about Joyce’s “The Dead.” The link opens in a new window. Some of the interpretations offered in the podcasts may differ from views about “The Dead” presented in our course lectures (which feature elsewhere as PDFs).

For your information: The next task (Task A.3) is a 20-question multiple-choice quiz that covers Podcasts 1 through 3. As the quiz is not time-limited, you might want to attempt it while completing this task (Task A.2) — that is, while listening to the three podcasts, rather than after having listened to them. Our course allows you only one attempt at the quiz.

The quiz is not time-limited. In other words, there is no limit on how long you can take to complete it. However, the quiz is “live” and available to take only until 11:00 pm Eastern on Monday, July 1st, 2019. After that hour, it closes.

The titles of the podcasts that you must listen to are as follows:

Podcast or Episode 1 • 15 Usher’s Island: Joyce’s Dublin, 1904 • Note: Most likely, the story is set in 1904 (although written in 1907)

Podcast or Episode 2 • “The Dead”: Why the Story Resonates

Podcast or Episode 3 • “The Dead”: Looking East or West?

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Task A.3
Take a Quiz about the Podcasts

Can Be Done Concurrently with Task A.2

While listening to — or having listened to — the first three of the six podcasts (detailed in Task A.2 above), you need to go to the course Folio page and take a 20-question multiple-choice quiz about them. The quiz is not time-limited; however, once you start it you must finish it. You cannot save content, log out, and then return to the quiz later. On Folio, you can find the quiz under the module or section entitled “Week One • Unit A of James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead.’” The quiz itself in entitled “Quiz over Podcasts 1-3 about ‘The Dead.’”

The quiz is not time-limited. In other words, there is no limit on how long you can take to complete it. However, the quiz is “live” and available to take only until 11:00 pm Eastern on Monday, July 1st, 2019. After that hour, it closes.

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Task A.4
Study Lecture/Exam Notes

Once you’ve read the entirety of James Joyce’s short story “The Dead” and both listened to and attempted the quiz about the three assigned podcasts (Numbers 1-3), you are ready to study our first formal lecture. The lecture is presented in written form, along with several useful images. The lecture deals with just some aspects of “The Dead.” A subsequent lecture will address other elements of the story. Here is the lecture that you need to study for this unit (Unit A): First Lecture about Joyce’s “The Dead” as a PDF. The link opens in a new window.

This lecture covers the following four matters:

• An overview of the story’s basic plot.
• A discussion of the story’s incipit (or opening) with reference to the Uncle Charles Principle.
• Framed by Ireland’s colonial status with the British Empire, an exploration of the character Lily’s anxiety about “[t]he men that is now.”
• An argument that the principal character, Gabriel Conroy, may have a secret life as a member of a revolutionary organization: the Irish Republican Brotherhood (also referred to as the Fenians).

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Task A.5
Take the Exam for Unit A, Based on the Lecture/Exam Notes

Having thoroughly studied the First Lecture about Joyce’s “The Dead” (see Task A.4), you need to go to the course Folio page and take a multiple-choice exam about its contents. The exam is time-limited; in other words, you must complete it within a certain (generous) length of time. In addition, the exam is closed-book. In other words, you are on your honor not to use any outside material, including: (1) the Lecture/Exam notes provided in task A.4; and (2) the full text of “The Dead” provided in Task A.1. Your instructor has no way to check if a student cheats by violating the closed-book requirement. Simply put: The university expects you to observe its Honor Code (link opens in a new window). Ultimately, if you cheat, that must be between you and your conscience.

The exam is time-limited. In other words, there is a (generous) limit on how long you can take to complete it. Furthermore, the test is “live” and available to take only until 11:00 pm Eastern on Monday, July 1st, 2019. After that hour, it closes.

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