- Stephen Watt
- Days and Times
- 9:30a - 10:45a TR (3 CR)
- Course Description
Topic: Irish Writing from the "Troubles" to the Present
We will ask: “What is Irishness?” and “How did Irish literature respond to the so-called ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, and to the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger some ten years ago?” “How has it responded to its troubled history, which includes its colonial past, the Famine, immigration, and shocking discoveries of the abuse of young women in so-called “Magdalene Laundries”? We will read both literary and filmic texts including the films In the Name of the Father, Michael Collins, and Brooklyn, which we will compare to the novel. Fiction by Eimear McBride, Colm Toíbín, Emma Donoghue, and Robert McLiam Wilson; plays by Conor McPherson, Patricia Burke Brogan, Brian Friel, Marina Carr, and Martin McDonagh; and poetry by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, and Eavan Boland.