ENGL 775 (01) - Modern Irish Literature: A Changing Landscape

Modern Irish Literature

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 55109
In this course we will explore Irish literature and culture from the Celtic Renaissance in the early twentieth century to the Celtic Tiger of the early twenty-first. Readings will trace Ireland's transformation from and inward-looking agricultural nation to one of the most globalized countries in the world. Recurring themes will include the status of the Church, changing gender roles, sectarian conflict, and Ireland's relation to the world. Prereq: ENGL 401.
Section Comments: Special Topic: A Changing Landscape
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 T 5:10pm - 7:30pm HS 107
Additional Course Details: 

In Spring 2020 this course fulfills a post-1800 literature requirement for English majors. 

ENGL 775 Modern Irish Literature

Pubs, Pews, and Politics: Ireland yesterday and today

  • This course focuses on Irish writing of the last fifty years, a period that has seen Ireland develop from an inward-looking agricultural nation into one of the most globalized countries in the West.  We will read novels about how to make it
    • as a Dublin R&B band;
    • as a female detective on Dublin’s murder squad,
    • and as a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn.
  • We will read about
    • how to cut turf and thatch a roof;
    • how to survive in an Irish slum or a warzone;
    • and how to make it (almost) in the pictures.
  • Our readings from poetry, fiction and drama will be supplemented by side excursions into contemporary political debates and popular culture.
  • Some recurring themes will be the status of the Church, changing gender roles, Anglo-Irish relations, and Ireland’s relation to the world.