James Joyce and the Cinema

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This module investigates the fiction of James Joyce and its parallelism and creative synergy with the narrative modes and techniques of film (including through adaptations of his own works). It analyses the 'inter-mediality' between Joyce's themes and styles and those of cinema, as they developed from the 1890s onwards. We will focus on a specific text (or chapter) and film at each meeting and discuss specific themes and questions of technique which connect and/or distinguish their respective media.

  • Introduction: Joyce and the Cinema: the Anatomy of an Intimate Relationship
  • The Composite Novel and the ‘Fragmented’ City: text , Dubliners (1914); films, The Dead (dir. John Huston, 1987), Araby (dir. Dennis J. Courtney, 2008)
  • Narrative Focalisation and the ‘Camera-I’: text, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1914-15) : film, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man(dir. Joseph Strick, 1977)
  • The Interior Monologue and (Eisenstein) Montage: text, Ulysses (1922); film, Ulysses (dir. Joseph Strick, 1967)
  • ‘Symphonies of the Big City’: Montage Documentaries and the Joycean Metropolis: text, Ulysses (1922); films, Berlin: Symphony of a Big City (dir. Walther Ruttmann, 1927), The Man with the Movie Camera (dir. Dziga Vertov, 1929)
  • ‘Vision Animated to Bursting Point’: Modernist Experiment and Filmic Styles: text, Ulysses (1922); film, Bloom (dir. Sean Walsh, 2003)


Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment, as follows:

  • Literature review’ or annotated bibliography of approx. 2,000 words (30%)
  • Research essay of not more than 5,000 words (70%)


Dr Keith Williams