Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Redman, Tim
Discipline and Number
HUSL 7370 Section 001
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Yeats, Joyce, & Ireland

Description of Course:


In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century the small island of Ireland produced a large number of writers of global significance. Sometimes called "the Irish Renaissance," the movement used its cultural prestige to advance the cause of Irish independence from Great Britain. We will study those figures and how their work was embedded in Irish history.

The primary aim of this Ph.D. seminar is to develop students' professional growth. To that end, students will work on a project, a talk, or a piece of art or performance, destined to be presented at a public venue, such as an academic conference or a show. The work will proceed in stages: locating a venue, preparing a preliminary bibliography, preparing the project proposal with an expanded bibliography, turning in the draft project for critique, and turning in the final project.

Required Texts:

Samuel Beckett, "Murphy"
Elizabeth Bowen, "The Last September"
R.F. Foster, "History of Modern Ireland"
James Joyce, "Dubliners"
Patrick Kavanaugh, "The Great Hunger" (a poem)
William Butler Yeats, "Selected Poems and Plays" edited by M.L. Rosenthal
"Modern Irish Drama" plays by Beckett, Brian Friel, Lady Gregory, Sean O'Casey, John Synge, and Yeats

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

The stages for your project are mentioned above. The location of the venue will count 10% of your final grade, as will the preliminary bibliography. The project proposal with expanded bibliography will count 20%, the draft and final project will count 20% each. We will also have weekly short-answer quizzes. The highest ten scores will be added and curved and will count 20%.

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