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Spring 2018-2019
* ENG 228 / THR 228 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Irish Studies

Fintan O'Toole

This 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, select 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
40476 L01 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am T Th        Enrolled:23 Limit:36
40477 P01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T        Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
40478 P02 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:5 Limit:12
40479 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:6 Limit:12