ENGL 475

Irish Literary Revival

This course explores Irish literary and cultural history from the Fenian uprisings in 1867 to Irish neutrality in World War II. It is chiefly concerned with the role of literature in the shaping of cultural nationalism, but it also considers major political events in Ireland during this period, especially the armed rebellion against Britain between 1916 and 1921. The seminar concentrates on Yeats, Lady Gregory, Joyce, J. M. Synge, and Sean O'Casey, but considers other writers who were important to the development of literary nationalism, among them George Moore, Katherine Tynan, Peg Sayers, Frank O'Connor, and Sean O'Faolain.

Prerequisites: ENGL 223 or permission of instructor.