Topics in Irish Lit:


How did writers respond to and try to shape the world-shifting events of the 1930s and the Second World War? Does their writing reflect European and global troubles including a rise in fascism, economic collapse, uprisings and revolutions, and hostile invasions? When the Irish government declared neutrality during the Second World War — a period in Ireland known as “The Emergency” — how did writers and artists react? In a period of increasing censorship, did transnational writers respond in the same way to threats from outside their countries and threats from within? In this class, we will consider the reactive and sometimes experimental work of “late modernists” in Ireland, England, and beyond. We will read work written about and in reaction to economic collapse, the Spanish Civil War, fascism, the blitz, and World War. In addition to poetry, short stories, novels and travel writing by Irish, British and European writers, we will also consider “open letters,” journalism, wartime propaganda, visual art and film.

Emphasis varies by semester; designed to allow flexibility in course offerings from visiting scholars and specialists in particular fields. Past examinations have included contemporary Irish fiction and poetry, Irish women writers, and Northern Irish poetry.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Kelly Elissa Sullivan
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ERIN 102

Spring 2018

Kelly Elissa Sullivan
MW: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ERIN 101