Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
A graduate seminar that explores a period in literature called the Irish Renaissance, from roughly 1885 to 1939. During that period, the Irish consciously used culture to advance their political agenda of independence from Great Britain.
This interdisciplinary seminar will engage with works of poetry, fiction, drama, music, song, and history. We will also view clips from films that relate to our topic.
The primary aim of this course will be on professional development, focusing on finding a topic suitable for a conference paper, a performance, or an exhibit in a group show.
Samuel Beckett, Murphy
Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September
R.F. Foster, The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland
John P. Harrington, Modern Irish Drama
Dorothea E. Hart and Stanley Scott, Music in Ireland
James Joyce, Dubliners
Patrick Kavanagh, Collected Poems
Flann O'Brien, At Swim Two Birds
William Butler Yeats, Selected Poems and Four Plays
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
We will have weekly short-answer quizzes, fifteen in all. I will take your top ten scores, add them, and assign a grade based on a curve (20%).
You will do a project in literature, history, the visual or performing arts. The outcome of your project will be to enable you to propose a focused work suitable for public presentation at an academic conference, a music festival, or a juried art exhibition.
Your project will be broken down into the following steps: 1) finding a suitable venue for your work and preparing a preliminary bibliography (10%); 2) preparing a 500-word proposal where you have sufficiently narrowed your project so as to convince me that it is doable plus a bibliography (10%); 3) presenting a draft project for my critique (20%); turning in the final project (20%).
You will also do an individual or group presentation on an assigned topic (20%).