Politics and Memory in Irish Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Irish Lit: Politics & Memory
Spring 2024
Taught By: Stephanie Browner
Section: A

CRN: 13420

Credits: 4

As they have negotiated colonization, state-sanctioned starvation, uprisings, large scale emigration, independence, partition, membership in the EU, an economic boom and then bust, Irish writers have put language, including language experimentation, and memory at the center. Four Irish writers have won the Nobel Prize for Literature and recently a generation of women writers have risen to prominence. Readings will draw from Irish Literary Revival writers such as W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Sean O'Casey, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett to contemporary writers such as Seamus Heaney, Sally Rooney, Eavan Boland, Roddy Doyle, Edna O'Brien, Anna Burns, and Eimar McBride. We will also watch Irish films and attend events around the city. Together, through readings, writings, and class discussion, we will consider how a land, a people, a country, a nation (and a diaspora) are created and contested through literature. As novelist Anne Enright explains, "Ireland is a series of stories it tells itself. None of them are true."

Permission of the instructor will be required to register for this course after the first week of the semester

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:12pm EDT 5/29/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 458
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024