ENGL 362
From "The Quiet Man" to "The Cripple of Inishmaan": Irish literature after Yeats and Joyce Spring 2010
Division I
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In the sixty years since Ireland officially became a Republic, the country has undergone extraordinary transformations: from a poor rural economy to the wealth of the “Celtic Tiger”; from an ethnically and culturally insular Catholic state (in which censorship was routine), to an assertively outward-looking and increasingly multicultural nation. This course will begin by considering the effects of decolonization and political independence, and the continuing influence of earlier cultural nationalism, on the work of Irish writers of the 1940s through the 1960s, including texts by Kavanagh, Behan, Beckett and others. We will then turn to the remarkably fertile literary and creative environment of recent years, in which Irish writers and filmmakers have renewed and extended the traditional concerns of the Irish literary canon with an increasingly joyous embrace of influences from other traditions and of the hybridizing impacts of postmodernism. Our readings will include poetry by Seamus Heaney, Evan Boland, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon; plays by Brian Friel, Frank McGuiness, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr; fiction by Samuel Beckett, James Plunkett, William Trevor, Edna O’Brien, Neil Jordan; the films The Quiet Man, The Commitments, Butcher Boy and Six Shooter; and episodes of the scurrilous, iconoclastic T.V. comedy Father Ted.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3661
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two papers totaling about 14 pages, several short responses, active participation in discussion
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: English and Theatre majors
Distributions: Division I

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