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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2006

E 314V • Irish American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32715 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description


We will start with readings on nineteenth and twentieth century Irish history, paying particular attention to the Famine, Irish immigration to America, the Irish War of Independence, and the Troubles. We will discuss Irish-American literature and its representations of historical trauma, and we will also examine other forms of art and culture, such as music and film. We will analyze different ideas of Irish-American identity, ethnic stereotypes, and parallels between the Irish-American experience and that of other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. We will look at various forms of literature, including nonfiction, drama, poetry, novels, essays, memoirs and short stories. Discussing literary and movie genres will be an integral part of the course. Early in the semester, working with the technology of our computer-assisted classroom, you will be required to create a Powerpoint presentation on images of Irish-American identity. Familiarity with Powerpoint is not necessary to take the course, but basic computer skills, such as familiarity with the internet and MS Word, are recommended.

Grading Policy

Most of your grade will be determined by the quality of your written expression. . Your writing assignments will include six 2-page film analysis papers, one 4-5 page critical analysis of a literary work, and one final 5-6 page comparative analysis.


Catherine Brady, The End of the Class War
Roddy Doyle, A Star Called Henry
Thomas Lynch, Still Life in Milford
Alice McDermott, Charming Billy
Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey Into Night

The Quiet Man
Miller's Crossing
State of Grace
Mystic River
In America
The Matchmaker


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