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Ireland is home to one of the richest literary traditions in the English language – James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Bowen, W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Anne Enright are only some of its great novelists, poets and dramatists. Ireland is also site of a rich and complex history, which has inflected its culture over the course of the twentieth century. Take this opportunity to learn more about a literature and a society that continues to influence the world of writing to this day. This course coincides with the centenary of the Easter Rising, the great rebellion that is subject of Yeats's poem 'Easter, 1916', and the Battle of the Somme, both of which have come to represent very different traditions of the past in Ireland. Subsequently we will pay special attention to ideas of empire, independence and partition in our reading of Ireland and its troubles, north and south.
End of semester assignment based on reading and research during class.
Final grade given on end of term assignment based on class reading and research. Creative projects also considered.
Selections from poetry by Yeats, Heaney, Muldoon, The Last September by Bowen, Waiting for Godot by Beckett, The Gathering by Enright, Dubliners by Joyce, and The City of Bohane by Barry.