In 1903, James Joyce began producing a series of short stories that would eventually become The Dubliners: a collection that, some argue, is among the most accomplished in the English language. While portraying, with uncanny insight, the Irish temperament in Dublin City at the turn of the century, Joyce also examines, with depth and nuance, our confrontations with the tragedies, mysteries, triumphs, and sorrows of life in any era. It is in The Dubliners that Joyce first explores the famous “epiphanies’; those revelatory moments, along the path to adulthood, that shape our individual perceptions of life, ourselves, and reality. Exploring one story per week, we will, as both readers and literary critics, try to peel back the layers of meaning and insight that Joyce has incorporated into these literary gems. The stories are short, so there will not
be demanding weekly reading. These works offer a wealth of discussion avenues as we follow Joyce’s rich exploration of relationships, memory, perception, self-discovery, mortality, and much more.