AJ16074 Representing Ireland (1890–1945)

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
James Joseph Little, M.Phil., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, 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
Wed 12:00–13:40 G01
Prerequisites (in Czech)
AJ09999 Qualifying Examination || 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 35 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 7/35, only registered: 1/35, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 1/35
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course analyses literary representations of major historical and political events in Ireland from the years of the Irish Literary Revival to the end of World War II. On completion of this course, students will have a good understanding of Irish cultural history of the period as well as a close working knowledge of key works in poetry, prose and drama. We will assess the role that these texts play in social critique and their relation to the cultural conditions of the time.
  • Week 1 Representing Ireland on stage: Augusta Gregory and W.B. Yeats, Cathleen ni Houlihan* (Please read this short text in Yeats's Collected Works before our first class.)
    Week 2 Urban paralysis: James Joyce, ‘The Sisters’; ‘Eveline’; ‘The Dead’
    Week 3 Rural paralysis: John Millington Synge, In the Shadow of the Glen
    Week 4 Writing Ireland’s Land Acts: Bernard Shaw, John Bull’s Other Island
    Week 5 Poems of War: W.B. Yeats, ‘An Irish Airman Foresees his Death’; Francis Ledwidge, ‘The Irish in Gallipoli’; C.S. Lewis, ‘Apology’; Patrick Pearse, ‘The Mother’; W.B. Yeats, ‘Easter 1916’; Eva Gore-Booth, ‘Easter Week' (all poems in Dawe, Earth Voices Whispering)
    Week 6 Staging the War of Independence (1919–21): Seán O’Casey, The Shadow of a Gunman
    Week 7 Stories of the Civil War (1922–23): Liam O'Flaherty, ‘The Sniper’; Seán O'Faoláin, ‘The Patriot’
    Week 8 The Big House in the Free State: Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September
    Week 9 Stasis in the home: Teresa Deevy, The King of Spain’s Daughter; Patrick Kavanagh, ‘The Great Hunger’
    Week 10 Ireland’s Emergency (1939–45): Louis MacNeice, ‘Autumn Journal’, sections I, V and XVI; ‘Bottleneck’; ‘Neutrality’
    Week 11 Recycling Ireland: Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman
    NOTE: There will be no class on 10 October. This class has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14 November (during Reading Week) at the same time (12:00–13:40) in the same classroom (G 25).
Assessment methods
Students will be assessed on an end-of-term essay of 2,000 words, written according to MLA style. Active participation in class discussion and the giving of a presentation is required in order to receive a credit for the course. Discussion questions will be sent out prior to class. Aside from week 1, each class will feature a short presentation (10–15 minutes) by members of the class.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Autumn 2019.
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