This course will explore the influence of Catholicism on the development on Irish and Irish-American Literature from the early 20th century to the present. Featuring Irish- and American- born writers of Irish ancestry, the course will focus on the work of writers such as James Joyce, Patrick Kavanaugh, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Mebh McGuckian, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Kennedy, Elizabeth Cullinan, Frank O'Hara, Alice McDermott, and Michael Donaghy. Through selected historical and critical readings, we will attempt to create a descriptive narrative of what happens when Irish writers wrestle with Catholic identity in the context of 20th-century political and economic struggle, both in Ireland and in America, and a growing culture of unbelief. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
AMST: Cultural Products conc, Advanced Literature Core, American Studies , AMST: Literature req, Eloquentia Perfecta 3, Fordham College/Rose Hill, Irish Studies