English R1A

Reading and Composition: Irish Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Fall 2007 Kea Anderson
TTh 9:30-11 106 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"*Please attend the first class meeting before purchasing any books or the reader.*

Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September

Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent

James Joyce, from Dubliners

Frank McCourt, Angela�s Ashes

J. M. Synge, Playboy of the Western World

And a course reader including selections by Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett. Students are advised but not required to purchase a writing handbook � Andrea Lunsford�s Everyday Writer is a good one."


" Have you ever noticed that some of the most interesting �British� writers of the last two centuries are actually Irish or, at least, have a significant connection to Ireland? What is it about this place that gives these authors the itch to write about it? Students in this course will reflect on this question while gaining an introductory overview of Irish literature and culture from 1800 to the present. For the purposes of this class, �Irish literature� includes literature written by Irish people as well as about them, before and after Ireland gained independence from Britain in 1922. Most of our readings were originally written in English; a small portion have been translated from Irish into English.

Good news! You do not have to risk life and limb, as some were willing to do for independence, to see �revolutionary� advances in your reading and writing skills in this class; you will merely have to work very hard and have patience. We will break down the seemingly mystical talents involved in successful literary analysis and argumentative writing into a number of specific skills that you can actually practice � identifying and selecting textual evidence, incorporating it effectively into your work, crafting thesis statements, developing logically-progressing arguments, even honing that ineffable flair called style. A range of in-class and take-home writing assignments will aid you in drafting the five short papers (2-4 pages each) you will produce for this class. To emphasize the importance of revision, the class also features peer-review workshops guaranteed to bring out every student�s secret love of group work. "

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