T C 357 • Troubles in Ireland: Literature, Politics, and Film, 1900-1923 and 1968-2000 - W
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Twice during the twentieth century Ireland has experienced intense political unrest. At the start it struggled for Independence from the British Empire; at the end it was still in contention with England over the six counties of the North. Both these episodes of violence are euphemistically referred to as The Troubles. Perhaps not coincidentally, these two periods of unrest also saw a Renaissance in literary production. In this class we shall examine the intersection between history, politics, and creativity, using Ireland as our test case.
About the Professor Elizabeth Butler Cullingford was born in England and raised in the West Indies She received her BA and Ph.D degrees from the University of Oxford. She has taught English and Irish literature at the University of Lancaster, the University of Paris, and the University of Texas, where she is currently Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Professor. Her professional interest in Ireland's history, culture, landscape and literature cannot be distinguished from her personal pleasure in these things. She is also fond of music, theatre, films, looking at paintings, birdwatching, and hanging out with her small family. She loves travel, especially to France (where she keeps trying to improve her command of the French language), and she likes to cook good food and drink reasonably good wine.
Texts: W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory: Kathleen ni Houlihan (1902) W. B. Yeats: selected poems Lady Gregory: The Gaol Gate, The Rising of the Moon Sean OCasey: Juno and the Paycock (1924); The Plough and the Stars (1926) Elizabeth Bowen: The Last September (1929) Seamus Heaney: selected poems (1972-present) Brian Friel: Translations (1980) Frank McGuinness: Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (1985); Carthaginians (1986) Anne Devlin, Ourselves Alone (1985) Films: Neil Jordan, The Crying Game; Michael Collins Jim Sheridan, The Boxer Terry George, Some Mothers Son Orla Walsh, The Visit Derry Film and Video Collective, Mother Ireland A course packet containing historical and theoretical material