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THR 228 - Introduction to Irish Studies

This interdisciplinary 200-level course offers a broad introduction to the study of Irish literature, history and culture. Students will gain a grounding in: Irish storytelling since the early Christian period, including through music and song; the history of the conquest of Ireland and Irish independence movements; the role of the Irish language in culture; the famine and its social and political aftermath; the history of religious difference; the relationship between Britain and Ireland; the work of major literary figures such as Swift, Joyce, Yeats, Beckett and Heaney; contemporary Ireland and the Irish economy. Students will study the work of major literary figures such as: Swift, Joyce, Yeats, Beckett, and Heaney; contemporary Ireland and the Irish economy. One novel, play or poetry collection each week (50-200 pages), plus songs, historical essays, and articles on Irish music, art and visual culture. Assessment will be via presentations/class logbook, class participation, mid-term paper and final paper.
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