Lit of Modern Ireland II

SAME AS G41.1084, G65.1088, & G42.1084.

OPEN TO JUNIOR & SENIOR UNDERGRADS WITH PERMISSION FROM THE IRISH STUDIES DGS. This course surveys Irish writing from the late nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries—a period of both dramatic political and cultural change, and unparalleled literary production and innovation. The semester will be punctuated by (1) major cultural/political developments and controversies: the founding of the Abbey Theatre; the decline of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy; the 1916 Rising; the Troubles in the North (2) dominant literary figures: Yeats, Joyce, Beckett (3) ubiquitous themes: the idea of blood sacrifice as a liberation narrative; the fraught place of the Irish language; the persistent mythic, cultural, and literary trope of woman-as-nation—an image bound up with Ireland’s colonial history. In additions to plays, novels, poems, short stories, and essays, we will read manifestos, pamphlets, reviews, debates in newspapers, and contemporary critical interventions, and we will think about texts in the context of the nation's turbulent history of colonial trauma, the complex path to independence, and the challenges of globalization. Course readings will also include essays that investigate such issues as nationalism, gender, myth, sexuality, religion, and postcolonialism.






Spring 2019

Kelly Elissa Sullivan
W: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM ERIN 101