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Spring 2016-2017
* ENG 228 / HUM 226 / THR 228 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Irish Studies

Fintan O'Toole
Clair E. Wills

This new interdisciplinary 200 level course offers a broad introduction to the study of Irish literature, history and culture. Students will gain a grounding in: Irish storytelling since the early Christian period, including through music and song; the history of the conquest of Ireland and Irish independence movements; the role of the Irish language in culture; the famine and its social and political aftermath; the history of religious difference; the relationship between Britain and Ireland; the work of major literary figures such as Swift, Joyce, Yeats, Beckett and Heaney; contemporary Ireland and the Irish economy.

Sample reading list:
Jonathan Swift, Gullivers Travels
Bram Stoker, Dracula
James Joyce, Dubliners
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Seamus Heaney, Poems,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
One novel, play or poetry collection each week (50-200 pages), plus songs, historical essays, and articles on Irish music, art and visual culture. Assessment will be via presentations/class logbook, class participation, mid-term paper and final paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other information:
Students will study the work of major literary figures such as: Swift, Joyce, Yeats, Beckett, and Heaney; contemporary Ireland and the Irish economy.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43081 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:27 Limit:60
43966 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   30   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
43967 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   30   Enrolled:4 Limit:13
43968 P03 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
43082 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled