AJL16064 Aspects of Modern Irish Literature and Culture

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024

The course is not taught in Spring 2024

Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Stephen Paul Hardy, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Stephen Paul Hardy, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
AJ01002 Practical English II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course will focus on aspects of Irish literature in English and their cultural context, focusing primarily on works and writers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in order to examine ways in which they challenge and develop aspects of nationalism, imperialism, language, social and cultural identity and, in particular, ethics and aesthetics.
Learning outcomes
Students taking the course will have gained a better understanding of the concerns and nature of modern Irish literature and its broader social and historical concerns and shown an ability to express this knowledge through organised discussion and written analysis.
  • Week 1: Feb 24th: Introductory Week 2: March 2nd:W.B. Yeats (1): When You are Old; The Lake Isle of Innisfree; The Secret Rose; O,Do Not Love Too Long; No Second Troy; September 1913; Easter 1916. Week 3: March 9th:W.B. Yeats (2): The Second Coming; Leda and The Swan; Among Schoolchildren; Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop; Sailing To Byzantium; The Circus Animals' Desertion Week 4: March 16th:J.M.Synge: The Playboy of the Western World Week 5: March 23rd: James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man Week 6:March 29th:NO LESSON:READING WEEK Week 7:April 6th:James Joyce: Ulysses(1): Telemachus; Nestor; Proteus Week 8:April 13th :James Joyce: Ulysses(2):Calypso; Lotus-Eaters; Hades Week 9:April 20th:James Joyce: Ulysses(3):Wandering Rocks; Sirens; Cyclops Week 10:April 27th:James Joyce: Ulysses(4): Nausicaa; Ithaca;Penelope Week 11:May 4th:Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot Week 12:May 11th: Seamus Heaney: Digging; Bogland; The Tollund Man; Act of Union; Casualty; Punishment Week 13:May 18th:Brian Friel: Translations
  • FRIEL, Brian. Translations (Obsaž.) : Plays. 1 [Friel, 1996]. info
  • Samuel Beckett More Pricks than Kicks London Calder & Boyars
  • W.B. Yeats Selected Poems London Penguin
  • WILDE, Oscar. The importance of being earnest. Edited by Susan Kingsley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, 42 s. ISBN 0194228568. info
  • BECKETT, Samuel. Waiting for Godot : a tragicomedy in two acts. London: Faber and Faber, 2000, 87 s. ISBN 0571058086. info
  • KIBERD, Declan. Inventing Ireland : the literature of the modern nation. London: Vintage, 1996, xvi, 719 s. ISBN 0-09-958221-X. info
  • SYNGE, J. M. The playboy of the western world and Riders to the sea. New York: Dover, 1993, 72 s. ISBN 0-486-27562-0. info
  • JOYCE, James. Dubliners. Edited by Terence Brown. London: Penguin Books, 1992, 316 s. ISBN 0-14-018554-2. info
  • JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Edited by Declan Kiberd. Annotated student's ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1992, lxxxviii,. ISBN 0-14-018559-3. info
  • WILDE, Oscar. The picture of Dorian Gray. Edited by Isobel Murray - James Murray. London: Oxford University Press, 1974, xxxiv, 249. ISBN 0192553682. info
Teaching methods
The course will be taught employing a methodology focusing on seminar discussion, close reading and the relation of textual analyis to the broader context of social, political and aesthetic concerns.
Assessment methods
The course will be assessed by a combination of class contribution (40%) and essay (6-8 pages.Please note that thr essay is an exam and that you need to register for it.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.

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