E 314V • Irish American Literature and Culture
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Computer-assisted course This course will introduce students to Irish-American literature, history, and culture. Although we will focus primarily on twentieth century Irish-American literature, we will begin our study with 19th century depictions and accounts of immigrant Irish and Irish-American life. We will examine a variety of texts, including short stories, novels, plays, poetry, film and performance. As we read, we will attempt to get a fuller sense of the different identities within Irish America and the relationships and tensions between generations of immigrants, American-born Irish and those who stayed behind. We will also consider ways in which these works reflect and respond to issues of ethnicity, gender, and class. We will augment our literary readings and analysis with secondary readings that explore Irish-American history, culture, and literary theory.
In-class assignments and class participation 10%
Reading quizzes and forum posts 10%
Oral presentation and handout 15%
Four response papers (2-3 pages each) 15%
Midterm paper (4-5 pages) 20%
Final paper (6-7 pages) 30%
Alice McDermott, Charming Billy
Frank McCourt, Angelas Ashes
Eugene ONeill, Long Days Journey Into Night
John Murphy, The Country Boy
Course packet including excerpts from:
Cabbages and Bone: An Anthology of Irish-American Womens Fiction, Caledonia Kearns, ed.
Exile of Erin: Nineteenth Century Irish-American Fiction, Charles Fanning, ed.
Wee Girls: Women Writing from an Irish Perspective, Lizz Murphy, ed.
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Apes and Angels, L.P. Curtis
The Irish in America, Michael Coffey
The Kennedys: Americas Emerald Kings, Thomas Maier
The Devils Own The Quiet Man The Matchmaker Riverdance Monument Avenue