27852 - Irish Literature
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(27852) Irish Literature
1.The Irish Novel
1.1 Introduction: What is "Irish" literature? What is an "Irish" writer? What is an "Irish" novel?
1.2 Difficulties for the emergence of the Irish novel: the colonial paradigm.
1.3 Formal and structural features of the Irish novel.
1.4 Main genres and themes
Readings: extracts from Castle Rackrent (Maria Edgeworth, 1800), The Wild Irish Girl (Lady Morgan, 1806) and "Carmilla" (Sheridan Le Fanu, 1872)
"Themes" (The Novel and the Nation, Gerry Smith, 1997: pp.48-62)
1.5 The Contemporary Irish Novel
Reading: "The Forester's Daughter" (Claire Keegan, Walk the Blue Fields, 2007)
2. The Big House Novel
2.1. The Anglo-Irish Ascendancy and Big House culture.
2.4. Conventions of the genre. Main authors and titles.
1) "Conventions of the Big House Novel" (Vera Kreilkamp, The Anglo-Irish Novel and the Big House: 20-25)
2) Yeats's "Upon a House Shaken by The Land Agitation" (Yeats, Responsibilities and Other Poems, 1914)
3) "Coole Park, 1929" (Yeats, The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1929)
Reading: fragment from John Banville's Birchwood (1973)
2.5. William Trevor's Big House trilogy: a revisionist approach.
Reading: William Trevor's Fools of Fortune (1983)
3. The peasant novel
3.1. The myth of rural Ireland
Extracts: The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)and Man of Aran (Robert J. Flaherty, 1934)
Reading: "Bell Wethers" (Jim Phelan [1895-1966] Bog Blossom Stories, London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1948)
3.2. Women in rural Ireland
Reading: O'Hara, Patricia. "Women in Farm Families: Shedding the Past and Fashioning the Future". In Anne Byrne and Madeleine Leonard, eds., Women and Irish Society: A Sociological Reader, Belfast: Beyond the Pale Publications, 1997: 361-376
3.3. Main representatives of the genre
Reading: The Boy in the Moon (Kate O’Riordan, London: Flamingo, 1997)
4.. The "Gothic" novel.
4.1 Characteristics of the genre.
4.2. The Irish Gothic and the Neo-gothic.
4.3. Uncanny ghosts and doubles.
Reading: Patrick McCabe's WinterWood (2006)
5. The Troubles novel
5.1. The historical facts
5.2. Different explanations for the Troubles
Reading: "Religion, ethnicity and colonialism as explanations of the Northern Ireland conflict" (Pamela Clayton. Ed. David Miller, Rethinking Northern Ireland: Culture, Ideology and Nationalism. London and New York: Longman, 1998: 40-54)
5.3. Media and visual representations of the Troubles
5.4. Written fiction: novels and short stories
Readings: William Trevor's "Attracta" (William Trevor, The Collected Stories. London and New York: Penguin, 1992 : 675-690) and Eugene McCabe's "Victims".
Reading: Eoin McNamee's Resurrection Man
Reading: "The Precession of Simulacra" (Jean Baudrillard. Ed. Bran Nicol, Postmodernism and the Contemporary Novel: A Reader. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002 : 91-109)