Further information on Spring 2019 courses

 

Jim McDonnell: The Literature of Northern Ireland 1966-98

 

Course reading:

Most of the reading will be made available in the form of email attachments, or if necessary, as hard copy handouts.  Seamus Deane’s novel Reading in the Dark will be available from Content Books for about $15. Used copies are readily available online starting at less than $4. I draw your attention to the website:
https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&an=seamus+deane&tn=reading+in+the+dark&kn=&isbn=

 

Class schedule (subject to revision):

NORTHERN IRELAND: HISTORY & TROUBLES

Class 1         John Montague,  The Cry
                     Seamus Heaney,  Docker; The Nod

THE HURT WORLD: STORIES

Class 2         Mary Beckett,  A Belfast Woman
                     Bernard Mac Laverty,  The Daily Woman

                     Fiona Barr,  The Wall-Reader

Class 3         Brenda Murphy,  A Social Call 
                     David Park,  Killing a Brit
                     Anne Devlin,  Naming the Names

Class 4          Seamus Deane,  READING IN THE DARK                                   

THE HURT WORLD: POEMS

Class 5         “LOST, UNHAPPY AND AT HOME”: POEMS OF MYTH & TRIBAL VIOLENCE by SEAMUS HEANEY
                     Requiem for the Croppies
                     The Grauballe Man
                     The Tollund Man;
                     Punishment;
                     The Strand at Lough Beg (& extract from STATION ISLAND #8)
                     Seamus Deane, “The Famous Seamus” [New Yorker essay]

Class 6          A SELF-DESCRIBED “BATTENED-DOWN SPIRIT” IS “HURT INTO POETRY”: MORE HEANEY POEMS
                     Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, # I, III, IV
                     SINGING SCHOOL: #1. The Ministry of Fear
                                                        #3. Orange Drums, Tyrone, 1966
                                                        #4. Summer, 1969
                                                        #6. Exposure Casualty
                     The Toome Road

                     The Wood Road

Class 7         THE OTHER SIDE
                     Seamus Heaney,  The Other Side
                     Louis MacNeice,  Belfast; Carrickfergus; Autumn Journal
                     Derek Mahon,  Spring in Belfast; Glengormley; Ecclesiastes
                     Michael Longley,  Wounds; Letter to Derek Mahon

Class 8         THE OTHER SIDE: STORIES ABOUT UNIONISTS
                     Tony Parker, MAY THE LORD IN HIS MERCY BE KIND TO BELFAST (extracts)
                     Peter Taylor, LOYALISTS, Introduction: Billy
…………….William Trevor, Lost Ground
                     Linda Anderson, The Death of Men