joyceyeatsni Dhuibhnefriel

English 664:  'The Age of Yeats and Joyce':
The Irish Renaissance and Its Inheritors

Spring 2007
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 pm
4019 Wescoe Hall

Professor Kathryn Conrad
Office hours:  202 Nunemaker, Tuesdays 1-3 pm; other days & times by appointment
Office phone: 4-3314
E-mail (best way to reach me): kconrad @
Course website:
Blackboard website (for discussion blogs, grades):

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Prerequisites (from University timetable):
    Admission to English courses numbered 300 and above is limited to students who have completed the freshman-sophomore English requirements or their equivalents. All students are required to enroll in ENGL 101 and to remain continuously enrolled in ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 until ENGL 102 (or ENGL 105) has been completed.   All CLAS students, as well as students from several other schools, are also required to complete a 200-level English class.
Enrollment (from University timetable) :
Students may neither add nor change sections in any English course after January 25, 2007, without departmental permission. For courses numbered above 200, instructor's permission is required to add or change sections.
    The Department of English reserves the right to terminate administratively the enrollment of any student who misses two consecutive class meetings during the first two weeks of the semester. Should an emergency situation cause the student to miss two consecutive class meetings, the student should contact the instructor or the English Department, 864-4520, immediately. Students are expected to submit promptly requests to drop should they decide to disenroll from English classes.

Recording of Classes:  At KU, course  materials prepared by the instructor, together with the content of lectures, are the property of the instructor. Video and audio recording of lectures without the consent of the instructor is prohibited.  On request, the instructor will usually grant permission for students to audio tape lectures, on the condition that these audio tapes are only used as a study aid by the individual making the recording. Unless explicit permission is obtained from the instructor, recordings of lectures may not be modified and must not be transferred or transmitted to any other person, whether or not that individual is enrolled in the course. (Adopted from KU Faculty Council statement)

Course description and texts:
The early 20th century witnessed the revival of Irish literature and culture in the midst of social and political revolution.  This course will study some of the highlights of that period, including the poetry of Yeats; the drama of Synge, Gregory, Yeats, and O'Casey; and the short  fiction of Joyce.  The second half of the course will focus on contemporary writers who have both accepted and challenged their inherited tradition, including Heaney, ní Dhomhnaill, Bardwell, Lavin, Devlin, ní Dhuibhne, Barr, and Friel.  The beginning of the course will include background historical reading and short lectures.  Students will be expected to complete an annotated bibliography at the Spencer, write two papers, participate in classroom and Blackboard discussion, and take a final essay examination. This course fulfills the English 314 or equivalent requirement for the English major.

    These books are required and available for purchase at the bookstore:
ISBN  0140247742    James Joyce, Dubliners: Text, Criticism, Notes, ed Scholes, Litz  (Viking). Other editions of Dubliners are acceptable as well.
ISBN  0684807319    W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, ed Finneran.   His poetry can also be found online.   
ISBN  0393960633    Modern Irish Drama, ed John Harrington.    
ISBN 0374526788     Seamus Heaney, Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1998.   
ISBN  0916390888    The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women's Poetry, 1967-2000.   

    This book is required and is available for purchase from Prof. Conrad for $5:
A Green and Mortal Sound, AKA Territories of the Voice, ed. deSalvo et al. 

    This book is recommended for those without a background in Irish history:
  1589790022    T.M. Moody and F.X. Martin, The Course of Irish History.

Grades consist of three major components:
1. 20%:  Attendance, participation in discussion (online and in class), and group work.  Students are expected to attend every class and should contact me by e-mail (kconrad @  before your absence if you must miss class. All unexcused absences will negatively impact a student's grade.  Three unexcused absences will result in failure of this course.  Students are responsible for keeping track of their own absences.
 2.  10%:  Final examination (essay).
 3. 70%:  Spencer annotated bibliography assignment, prospectus, research paper (40% of total grade), and blogs. Please see plagiarism policy below.  Paper topics and guidelines for papers are also available on the Blackboard website.
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Other resources:
    Plagiarism is stealing and passing off someone else's ideas or words as one's own or using information from another's work without crediting the source.  Any detected cheating offense--including but not limited to plagiarism; the unauthorized use of crib sheets, texts, or other materials during an examination or quiz; the copying of another student's work (even with the permission or aid of that student, who is thereby culpable); the use of prewritten essays (the student's own or someone else's); the uncredited adoption of another writer's interpretation of a work; the copying of all or part of  websites; or the unauthorized use of work written for another assignment or class--will be reported to the University. A record of each verified offense will be kept throughout the student's association with the University (Adopted from FSE statement).
     Plagiarism is not a game, nor is it simply a "shortcut" when time presses.  It is a very serious form of academic misconduct and will be treated as such in this class. When you consult outside sources for ideas--through published or unpublished essays, interviews, the Internet, conversation, etc.--you must cite those sources clearly in your work. I understand that academic work can be daunting: if you are struggling with an assignment, are unclear about my expectations, or are behind on your work, please consult me. There is always a better path than plagiarism; I can work with you to help you find your own voice while incorporating others' ideas appropriately. If after reading the statement above, you are still unclear about what constitutes plagiarism, ask me BEFORE turning in an assignment.
    A plagiarized  assignment will result in failure of the assignment (no credit given); it also impacts your larger course grade more than a paper that merely receives an F, and will usually result in failure of the course. The Department of English has a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism. Formal records are currently kept by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I may also send a copy of the plagiarism form to the home department or school of any student who is found to have plagiarized.

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Reading and assignment schedule 

    This schedule is likely to change.  For the most accurate reading and assignment schedule, pay attention to updates given in class.  Updates will eventually be reflected on this website.  
    All readings should be completed by the day listed on the syllabus.  Online discussions are listed on the date on which they are likely to start; the due date for participating in the discussion for credit is listed in parentheses (although of course you are welcome to discuss beyond the deadline). 

January 23: Introduction.
Course outline and goals.
Manifesto of the Irish literary theatre (handout).
(Students should begin to read Moody & Martin, esp. Ch. 17-19.

January 30: 
Yeats, Cathleen ni Houlihan (play, MID)
Lady Gregory, The Rising of the Moon (play, MID)
John Keegan Casey, "The Rising of the Moon" (song,
Yeats poetry: "Red Hanrahan's Song About Ireland," "To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time," "To Ireland in the Coming Times"

February 6: 
Post your guesses as to why there were riots at the first performances of Playboy.
Synge, Riders to the Sea, The Playboy of the Western World (plays, MID)
Yeats, "The Attack on 'Playboy of the Western World', 1907," "A Coat" (poems)
Selections from Joseph Holloway's journals, 1907 (prose, Blackboard)

February 13: 
Patrick Pearse:  (
    poems: "Why do ye torture me?," "Renunciation," "Christ's Coming,""Christmas 1915,"  "Little Lad of the Tricks," "The Mother"
    play: The Singer 

    story: "Barbara," "The Keening Woman"
Yeats, "Easter, 1916," "Sixteen Dead Men," "The Rose Tree," "The Leaders of the Crowd" (poems)
The 1916 Easter Rising (lecture, in class)

February 20: 
O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock (play, MID)
Yeats, "Meditations in a Time of Civil War," "The Coat," "Man and the Echo," "The Circus Animals Desertion," "In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz," "A Stick of Incense," "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop" (poems)
Annotated bibliography due.

February 27: 
Joyce, Dubliners: "The Sisters," "An Encounter"

March 6: 
Joyce, Dubliners: "Araby," "Eveline," "Two Gallants"

March 13:
Joyce, Dubliners: "The Boarding House," "A Mother"


March 27:
Joyce, Dubliners: "A Little Cloud," "Counterparts"

April  3: 
Joyce, Dubliners: "The Dead"

April 10: 
Short stories (TOV/GMS):
    Lavin, "In the Middle of the Fields"
    Boylan, "Housekeeper's Cut"
    Barrington, "Village Without Men"
Poetry (IWP):
    Boland, "The Achill Woman" 20, "Woman in Kitchen" 7
    Ni Dhomhnaill, "Gan do Chuid Eadaigh / Nude" 148, "Cailleach / Hag" 152, "Ceist na Teangan /The Language Issue" 154,
    "Caitlin /  Cathleen" 169
    Meehan, "Child Burial" 220, "Fruit" 223

Prospectus due.

(Students should read contemporary chapters of Moody & Martin.)

April 17:
Short stories (TOV/GMS): 
ní Dhuibhne, "Midwife to the Fairies"
    Binchy, "Shepherd's Bush"
    Bardwell, "The Dove of Peace"
Poetry (IWP):
     Boland, "The Oral Tradition" 11
    Ni Dhomhnaill, "Fear Suaithinseach/ Miraculous Grass" 139, "An Crann /As for the Quince" 141, "An Bhatrail / The Battering" 162

April 24:  
Friel, Translations (play, MID)

May 1: 
Short stories (TOV/GMS): 
Barr, "The Wall Reader"
    Devlin, "Naming the Names"
    Heaney, "Bog Queen" 108, "The Grauballe Man" 110, "Punishment" 112, "Strange Fruit" 114, "Act of Union" 120, Glanmore Sonnets: I 156, II 157, X 165
    McGuckian, "Smoke" 87, "Slips" 89, "The Wake Sofa" 115, "The Albert Chain" 120, "The Society of the Bomb" 126

May 8: Last day. 
Poetry: catchup from 5/1, plus Muldoon and Anderson poetry (Blackboard, under Writing Assignments & Readings).
Discuss final exam.

May 11 (STOP DAY): 
Paper due 

May 15:
FINAL EXAMINATION, 7-9 pm (NOTE: regular classroom, regular time).  Rescheduling available for students with conflicting final examination times, following University rescheduling rules. Students must make arrangements prior to May 11.

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