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SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

FALL 2013

Week ISep 3-5Introduction
Week IISep 9-12The Famine and the Exodus
Week IIISep 16-19A Political Awakening
Week IVSep 23-26Ourselves Alone
Week VSep 30-Oct 3The Politics of Irish Theatre
Week VIOct 7-10The Gathering Storm
Week VIIOct 14-17James Joyce's Ireland
Week VIIIOct 21-24A Terrible Beauty
Week IXOct 28-31A House Divided
Week XNov 4-7Identities of the Irish Diaspora
Week XINov 11-14De Valera's Island
Week XIINov 18-21The Troubles
Week XIIINov 25-28Contemporary Irish Society
Week XIVDec 2-5Dubliners Redux
Week XVDec 9-11Ireland Present and Future



* indicates readings in the Pierce reader
** indicates readings contained in the file titled "Proper Solution for Ireland" that will be distributed in class



Week I: Introduction

Sep 5: Introduction to the course and participants: Review of early Irish history

Text:
Kee, 3-145



Week II: The Famine and the Exodus

Sep 9: An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger)
Sep 12: Exile and emigration

Texts:
Kee, 149-289
Cecil Woodham-Smith, The Great Hunger, 406-412

Sources:
Daniel O'Connell, "Justice for Ireland" (speech to the House of Commons) (1836)
"Summer of Sorrows" from Gerald Keegan's Diary (1847)
William Bennett, "Narrative of a recent journey in Ireland" (1847)
Parliamentary Proceedings, "The state of famine and disease in Ireland" (1846)
Cork Reporter, "The apprehended scarcity" (1846)
Times of London, "The Irish question" (1846)

Music:
Sinéad O'Connor, "Skibbereen"



Week III: A Political Awakening

Sep 16: The Irish Home Rule movement
Sep 19: The roots of Catholic and Protestant Ireland

Text:
Kee, 290-404

Sources:
Isaac Butt, "Irish affairs for an Irish parliament" (1874) **
William Gladstone, "The case for home rule in Ireland" (1886) **
Marquess of Hartington, "The case against home rule" (1886) **

MAP EXERCISE DUE SEP 16



Week IV: Ourselves Alone

Sep 23: The Irish Literary renaissance and cultural nationalism
Sep 26: The fall of Parnell

Text:
Kee, 405-460

Sources:
James Joyce, "Ivy Day in the Committee Room" in Dubliners (1914) and excerpt in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
W.B. Yeats, Cathleen ní Hoolihan (1902) *98-103
Douglas Hyde, "On the necessity for de-Anglicizing Ireland" (1892) **
David Patrick Moran, "The Battle of Two Civilizations" (1899) *31-37
W.B. Yeats, "The Literary Movement in Ireland" (1899) *38-44

RESPONSE PAPER #1 DUE SEP 26



Week V: The Politics of Irish Theatre

Sep 30: The Abbey Theatre
Oct 3: Synge and the Playboy controversy

Sources:
J.M. Synge, Riders to the Sea (1904), The Playboy of the Western World (1907) *171-195, "The Curse" (1911) *252
W.B. Yeats, "Magic" (1901) *62, "On Those that Hated 'Playboy of the Western World'" (1907)

Theatre: Abbey Theatre, Dublin



Week VI: The Gathering Storm

Oct 7: The crisis of constitutional nationalism and the rise of Ulster unionism
Oct 10: NO CLASS (FALL BREAK)

Text:
Kee, 461-512

Sources:
Edward Carson, "The case for Ulster" (1912) **
John Redmond, "The case against Ulster" (1913) **
Patrick Pearse, "Graveside oration for Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa" (1915), "The Wayfarer" (1916) *270
W.B. Yeats, "September 1913" (1913) *259, "A Coat" (1916)



Week VII: James Joyce's Ireland

Oct 14: Introduction to Joyce, Dubliners
Oct 17: Dubliners (continued)

Sources:
James Joyce, Dubliners (1914)
Stanislaus Joyce, "Background to Dubliners" (1954) *615-618



Week VIII: A Terrible Beauty

Oct 21: MIDTERM EXAMINATION
Oct 24: The Easter Rising and its aftermath
--------- Film: Michael Collins, 7-10 PM, Miller 102

Text:
Kee, 513-587

Sources:
Proclamation of the Irish Republic (1916) [image]
James Connolly, "Physical Force in Irish Politics" (1899) *47-49
W.B. Yeats, "In Memory of Major Robert Gregory" (1919), "The Wild Swans at Coole" (1919), "An Irish Airman foresees his own Death" (1919) *274-76, "Easter 1916" (1921) *270-272, "The Rose Tree" (1921), "Sixteen Dead Men" (1921)

Music: "Foggy Dew", "A Soldier's Return"

Memorial: The Somme Association of Northern Ireland

Suggested film: The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)




Week IX: A House Divided

Oct 28: The Irish experience in the Great War
Oct 31: Independence, partition, and civil war

Text:
Kee, 591-747

Sources:
Sean O'Casey, "The Shadow of a Gunman" (1923)
George Russell, "Nationality or Cosmopolitanism" (1899), *44-47
W.B. Yeats, "Meditations in Time of Civil War" (1923) *349, "The Second Coming" (1919) *276

RESPONSE PAPER #2 DUE OCT 28



Week X: Identities of the Irish Diaspora

Nov 4: Irish builders of the British Empire
Nov 7: The Irish in America

Text:
Kevin Kenny, "The Irish in the Empire" in Ireland and the British Empire, 90-122

Sources:
F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Letter to John O'Hara" (1933) *377
Jim Phelan, "The Irish Empire" (1941) *496-499
J.F. Powers, "Prince of Darkness" (1947) *572-589
Edwin O'Conner, The Last Hurrah (1962) *673-680
John F. Kennedy, "Address to the Dáil Éireann" (1963)



Week XI: De Valera's Island

Nov 11: The Irish Free State in the interwar years
Nov 14: Irish neutrality in the Second World War and the early years of the Republic

Text:
Patterson, 1-113

Sources:
W.B. Yeats, "Speech on Divorce" (1925) *291, "Cool Park and Ballylee" (1933) *428, "Parnell's Funeral" (1935), "Lapis Lazuli" (1938) *475, "Under Ben Bulben" (1938), *484 "Politics" (1939) *486
Patrick Kavanagh, "Inniskeen Road: July Evening" (1936) *456, "Section VII" (1942) *550, "Pegasus" (1944), "Diary" (1950) *599-600, "Who Killed James Joyce" (1951) *650
Padraic Fallon, "Yeats' Tower at Ballybee" (1951) *651
Constitution of Ireland (1937) [Preamble and Articles I-X: pages 8-12]

RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE NOV 14



Week XII: The Troubles

Nov 18: Origins of the Northern Ireland crisis
Nov 20: Film: Some Mother's Son, 7-10 PM, Miller 105
Nov 21: Republican and unionist perspectives

Text:
Patterson, 114-145, 180-260

Sources:
Gerry Adams, Free Ireland: Toward a Lasting Peace (1986), 1-36, 93-107, 130-149
Margaret Thatcher, "Shadows of Gunmen" in The Downing Street Years (1993), 379-415
Bobby Sands, "Prison Poems" (1981)

Video:
Bobby Sands elected MP for Fermanagh/South Tyrone (1981)
Charlie Rose interview with Gerry Adams (1995)
David Frost interview with Rev. Ian Paisley (2008)

Images: CAIN (University of Ulster) and Northern Ireland Photo Gallery

Suggested Films: The Boxer (1998), Bloody Sunday (2002), Hunger (2008), Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Féin (1997) [documentary], The Maze (2002) [documentary] In the Name of the Father (1993)



Week XIII: Contemporary Irish Society

Nov 25: Church and society in the postwar Irish Republic
Nov 28: NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)

Text:
Patterson, 146-179, 312-358

Sources:
Rosita Sweetman "Cry Irish" (1972) *817-820
Seamus Heaney, "Punishment," "A Constable Calls," and "Exposure" (1975) *885-887 and "Casualty" and "The Skunk" (1979) *906-908
Roddy Doyle, The Deportees and Other Stories (2008)



Week XIV: Dubliners Redux

Dec 2: Immigrants in Ireland
Dec 5: The rise and fall of the "Celtic Tiger"

Text:
Patterson, 261-311

Source:
Roddy Doyle, The Deportees and Other Stories (2008)
"After the Race: Ireland's Crash" in The Economist (Feb 2011)



Week XV: Ireland Present and Future

Dec 9: Conclusion

Text:
Patterson, 312-358

RESPONSE PAPER #4 DUE DEC 9


FINAL EXAMINATION: WEDNESDAY, DEC 18, 1:00-4:00 PM



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Updated: December 2013