Fall 2012updated: 10/3/12
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 pm
3001A Wescoe Hall
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 Irish and Northern Irish writers who have both accepted and challenged their inherited tradition, including authors such as Heaney, ni Dhomhnaill, Bardwell, Muldoon, McGuckian, Barr, and Friel. Course readings will include historical essays and some contemporary political documents. Students will be expected to complete an annotated bibliography and anchor at least part of their research work in the Spencer Research Library.
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list, which is available for purchase at the bookstore or online:
it is listed as required, the following book is simply recommended for
those without a background in Irish history:
ISBN 1589790022 T.M. Moody and F.X. Martin, The Course of Irish History.
1. 20%: Attendance, participation in discussion (online and in class).
2. 80%: Spencer annotated bibliography assignment; prospectus; article-length research paper OR critical essay summary plus conference-length research paper. Please see plagiarism policy below. Full description of project(s) available on Blackboard.
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Reading and assignment schedule
schedule is likely to change. For the most accurate reading
schedule, pay attention to updates given in class. Updates
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).
Course outline and goals.
Manifesto of the Irish literary theatre (MCID, 402-3).
Arnold, On Celtic Literature, excerpts (online, Blackboard).
Moody & Martin, esp. ch. 17-19.)
Yeats, Cathleen ni Houlihan (play, MCID)
Lady Gregory, Spreading the News (play, MCID); The Rising of the Moon (play, MCID).
Yeats poetry: "Red Hanrahan's Song About Ireland," "To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time," "To Ireland in the Coming Times"
Background reading (recommended):
Selections from Lady Gregory's folklore collection, Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland, online (folklore and essays). See especially 'Preface', 'Seers and Healers', 'Herbs, Charms and Wise Women', 'Astray and Treasure', 'In the Way'; and 'Notes' and 'Witches, Wizards and Irish Folklore' by Yeats.
John Keegan Casey, "The Rising of the Moon" (song, http://ingeb.org/songs/othentel.html)
James Clarence Mangan, especially "Dark Rosaleen" (poem, online at CELT); also "Kathaleen ny-Houlahan" (poem, online at CELT), "Kathleen ni Houlahan" (poem, online at CELT)
Meet at the Spencer Research Library, behind Strong Hall, for class. Enter on the Strong Hall level (not from below parking roof) and meet in the lobby. Please be on time, as the class will involve a tour of the collection. Please read http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/usingthelibrary/outreach/kuguide.shtml prior to attending.
Post your guesses on Blackboard as to why there were riots at the first performances of Playboy.
Synge, Riders to the Sea, The Playboy of the Western World (plays, MCID)
Yeats, "The Attack on 'Playboy of the Western World', 1907," "A Coat" (poems)
Selections from Joseph Holloway's journals, 1907 (prose, MCID)
Patrick Pearse: (http://www.ucc.ie/celt/pearsefic.html)
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)
James Stephens, "The Insurrection in Dublin" (online)
BBC site for the Easter Rising (online)
The 1916 Easter Rising (lecture/Pp, in class)
O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock (play, MCID)
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.
Joyce, Dubliners: "The Sisters," "An Encounter," "Araby" (stories)
Selected letters from back of text.
FALL BREAK; class does not meet
Joyce, Dubliners: "The Boarding House," "A Mother," "Clay"
Note: readings after this point are tentative and will depend on student interest and pacing of course.
Joyce, Dubliners: "A Little Cloud," "Counterparts," "The Dead"
Short stories (GMS):
ní Dhuibhne, "Midwife to the Fairies"
Barrington, "Village Without Men"
Bardwell, "The Dove of Peace"
Boland, "The Oral Tradition" 11, "The Achill Woman" 20, "Woman in Kitchen" 7
Ni Dhomhnaill, "Fear Suaithinseach/ Miraculous Grass" 139, "An Crann /As for the Quince" 141, "An Bhatrail / The Battering" 162, "Cailleach / Hag" 152, "Ceist na Teangan /The Language Issue" 154, "Caitlin / Cathleen" 169
Meehan, "Child Burial" 220, "Fruit" 223
(Recommended: read contemporary chapters of Moody & Martin.)
Friel, Translations (play, MCID)
Short stories (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
November 20 (writing time/Thanksgiving/making glitter bottles: no class)
Heaney cont; Paul Muldoon (poems, online at Blackboard).
4: Last day.
Short research presentations.
Final paper due.
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