Further information on Fall 2019 courses

 

Jim McDonnell: The Irish Revolution—Literature and Violence, 1916-1923

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Course text

Most readings will be distributed via .pdf files; those who will need hard copy should add $3 to their tuition.

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Schedule of classes (subject to modification)

First class          INTRODUCTION: IRISH HISTORY 1791-1891
IRISH PATRIOTS 1791-1891: FROM TONE TO PARNELL
Douglas Hyde, The Necessity for De-Anglicizing Ireland (1892)
James Joyce, Ulysses: Cyclops (Extract)
Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Christmas Dinner (1914)

Second Class   IRISH HISTORY 1891-1907
W.B. Yeats, Cathleen Ni Houlihan (1902); Parnell’s Funeral
Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Patriotism (1914-15)
James Joyce, The Dead: Gabriel, the ‘West Briton’ vs. Miss Ivors & Conclusion (1907)

Third Class     IRISH HISTORY 1907-16
Colm Toibin, Irish Writers on the Rebellion
J.M. Synge, Playboy of the Western World, (1907)
Corkery, Anglo Irish Literature (Extract)
Yeats, September 1913

Fourth Class     IRISH HISTORY 1916
Colm Toibin, ‘After I am hanged my portrait will be interesting’

Patrick Pearse, Oration at the Funeral of O’Donovan Rossa (1915)
Poems by Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh, Joseph Mary Plunkett, Francis Ledwidge.

Fifth Class         IRISH HISTORY 1916
Sean O’Casey, The Plough and the Stars
FILM: Mise Eire

Sixth Class       IRISH HISTORY 1916-19
W. B. YEATS
, September 1913, Easter 1916, A Prayer for my Daughter
ENGLISH ATTITUDES TO THE RISING

RTE DOCUMENTARY (2016): 1916 EASTER RISING -EPISODE 2- Insurrection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ikU9eFgyI&t=231s
FILM: Michael Collins:  1996 MOVIE – RENT FOR $2.99): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni9Z7pPDJyY&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dni9Z7pPDJyY&has_verified=1
DOCUMENTARY:  MICHAEL COLLINS – IRELAND’S GREATEST (2013): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV2gzXhz8o8

Seventh Class     IRISH HISTORY 1919-23
RTE DOCUMENTARY (2016): 1916 EASTER RISING – EPISODE 3 – When Myth and History Rhyme:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTR-9GAG2g8

W. B. YEATS, Meditations in Time of Civil War, The Second Coming, Leda and the Swan
FILM: The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Final Class         IRISH HISTORY : CONCLUSIONS
Frank O’Connor, Guests of the Nation

William Trevor, Attracta
Mahon, A Disused Shed in Co. Wicklow
THE AGE OF DE VALERA –  RTE documentary 1982: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6I_SVOZk6g

 

MUSIC FEATURED IN THE COURSE:
PATRIOTIC ANTHEMS:
The Minstrel Boy, The Soldier’s Song, A Nation Once Again,

1798 RISING: The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Wearing of the Green, The Rising of the Moon, Roddy McCorley, The Croppy Boy, Kelly the Boy from Killan, Boulovogue,
WORLD WAR I: It’s a Long way to Tipperary; Keep the Home Fires Burning; Lead Kindly Light
1916 RISING: Oro Se , The Foggy Dew, Kevin Barry
PROTEST: Johnny, I hardly knew ye; No Man’s Land, The Fields of Athenry

ANCIENT AIRS: Coolin, Roisin Dubh, Carrigdoun,
EXILE: Kilkelly, Carrigfergus, Love is Pleasin’, Spancil Hill, Paddy’s Dear Shamrock Shore
LOVE SONGS: Maggie, The Salley Gardens, The Lark in the Clear Air, My Lagan Love, She Moved through the Fair