Irish Literature and culture
English 2463

Prof. S. Donovan
MWF 1:30-2:20 pm

Course description: This course is an introduction to Modern Irish literature and culture.

Dr. Stewart Donovan
Office location: Edmund Casey Hall 305
Office hours: Mon to Fri 12:30-1:30
Phone: 506 452-0426

Required reading: Modern Irish Short Stories, Ben Forkner, Penguin
Required reading: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, Penguin
Required reading: Amongst Women, John McGahern, Penguin
Required reading: Repro Text: Poetry, Prose and Drama , Stewart Donovan, Graphic Services UNB
Required reading: Cal , Bernard McLaverty, Random House
Required reading: The Cripple of Inismann, Martin McDonagh, Viking


Introduction: Students who miss more than 8 classes without an excuse from the Registrar will earn a green F.

Course Requirements
Introduction: Essay #1 There are two deadlines for this paper: for students wishing feedback the first deadline is October 14; the second deadline is the last day of class. There is no penalty associated with the second deadline, but remember that papers handed in after October 14 will not be graded until the end of term— at which time they will receive a letter grade only.

Requirements: Your first paper will be a book review/reading report on one of the novels we are doing this semester. After reading the novel, you will look up a critical review of the book; you will then respond both to the book and to the critic's opinion. Remember, if you use the Web to find a review you must record more than one URL—this means more than one web address, so the critics will be different.

Course Requirements
Introduction: Essay #2 Due on the last day of class.
Requirements: This essay must focus on at least two of the major themes covered in class: nationalism, land, religion, language, and the diaspora.

Course Requirements
Introduction: Final exam
Requirements: This exam is an in-class, open book essay held within the regular exam period. Students will be given a series of essay questions on the last day of class from which they will choose two.

Lesson I
Lesson: Beyond Ethnicity: Irish Culture and Irish Identity
Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Lesson 2 First World Country, Third World Memory

Lesson 3
Lesson: Nationalism and the Literary Renaissance
Topics: the Gaelic Revival; the Land War;post Famine Diaspora (Gangs of New York); Parnell, the Church and the politics of Joyce; The Abbey Theatre.
Readings: Homesickness; The Rock-of-the-Mass; Chapters 1 and 2 of A Portrait; The Playboy of the Western World

Lesson 4 The Irish Rebellion

Topics: Yeats and Easter 1916 Michael Collins
Readings: The Blind Man; The Dead; Chapters 3 and 4 of A Portrait; The Playboy;

Lesson 5
Topics: Yeat's Second Coming The Field and Jim Sheridan
Readings: The Pedlar's Revenge'Dante and the Lobster;Chapter 5 of A Portrait; Translations by Brian Friel

Lesson 6
Topics: Under the post-colonial pillars: theocracy and partriarchy
Readings: Six Weeks on and two ashore; Exile's Return; Amongst Women pages 1-61

Lesson 7 A Dreary Eden: Valediction and The Great Hunger
Topics: Louis MacNiece and Patrick Kavanagh
Readings: The Martyr's Crown; Happiness; Amongst Women pages 61-91 Translations

Lesson 8 Sex in a Cold Climate
Topics: The Magdalene Laundries
Readings: The Ballroom of Romance;Cancer; finish Amongst Women

Lesson 9 Civil Rights, the North and Sectarian Strife
Topics: Some Mother's Son
Readings: Korea; Cal;The Cripple of Inishmaan; Seamus Heaney and Paul Durcan

Stewart Donovans Homepage
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ENGL 3573 Film and Narrative II
ENGL 3623 The Literature of Politics
ENGL 3963 Irish Film

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