James Joyce

James Joyce was not the first writer to use stream of consciousness, but the sensory experience in such novels as Ulysses and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was revolutionary in the literary world. Learn more about the exceptional and bawdy Irish writer with a video analysis of his life and works.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video's discussion of Ulysses and its protagonist to inspire learners to write down the small moments of their own lives, sharing the beauty of ordinary tasks
  • Incorporate the resource, or at least the section on stream of consciousness at the 6:48 mark, into a creative writing workshop
Classroom Considerations

  • The video maintains the racy nature of Joyce's writing; a nearly explicit illustration around the 2:00 mark (and the 7:33 mark) may not be appropriate for younger classes
  • The first few minutes discuss Joyce's life, and the rest of the video addresses the literary themes and plot points of his literature

  • Expands an exploration of Joyce's literary themes to relate to learners' lives
  • Animation and footage is engaging for pupils of all levels
  • Ideal for a biographical lesson or when teaching any of Joyce's novel; Ulysses in particular
  • The end of the video makes some sense of the language in Finnegan's Wake

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