English 653 Modern Irish Literature Cushman
To gain a broad experience and appreciation of Irish literature from the late 19th century to the present, its major themes and characteristics, both in acknowledged masterpieces and secondary works.
To gain a working knowledge of Irish literature in all its major genres: poetry, the novel, short fiction, drama.
To understand important works of Irish literature within the evolving context of Irish history and culture.
To study the Irish Literary Renaissance and its ongoing impact.
August 22 Introductory / Thomas Moore, Davis, Mangan, Hyde
29 George Moore, "Home Sickness" / Somerville and Ross, "Poisson d'Avril" / Yeats, "The Twisting of the Rope" / Lady Gregory, "The Rising of the Moon"
September 5 Yeats poetry
12 Yeats poetry / Synge, "Riders to the Sea"
19 Synge, "An Autumn Night in the Hills," The Playboy of the Western World Short paper #1: Yeats
26 Shaw, John Bull's Other Island / Joyce, Dubliners
October 3 Dubliners
10 Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
17 Portrait / O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock
24 Juno / Yeats poetry
31 Yeats poetry / Kavanagh poetry
7 O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds
14 O’Connor, "In the Train" / Friel, Translations / Beckett, "Krapp’s Last Tape" Short paper #2
28 Heaney poetry
December 5 Heaney poetry / MacLaverty, Cal Ph. D. presentation Term paper due
12 Take-home exam due
Short essays: five pages
Term paper: MA students, 12-15 pages
Ph.D. students, 15-20 pages
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