The Irish Revolutionary Period was not only a time of strife and reformation but also of cultural and literary revival. This course, presented by Delaney Reddell, graduate of Edinburgh University in Scotland, will combine history and literature, first-hand accounts and the opinions of on-lookers, the past and the present, in the most defining event in Ireland’s history. Students will get to know the key players and the literature they wrote since these leaders were true “Poet Patriot[s]” (Thomas MacDonagh, 1916). Irishmen who took up arms, like Patrick Pearse, to those who kept their distance from the battleground, like W. B. Yeats, will be covered. One of the most crucial aspects of the Irish Revolution was the spread of nationalist sentiment and ideas through poetry, as well as the revival of Irish folklore told from an Irish perspective. We will discover both the historical and fictional stories that declare the Republic of Ireland’s story.
CLASS DATES & DESCRIPTIONS
- Week 1 [09/20/2020]: Irish Nationalism
- Exploring the concept of Irish nationalism and how it's related to the Irish Revolution (including a reading of 'Cathleen ni Houlihan' by W.B. Yeats).
- Week 2 [09/27/2020]: The 1916 Easter Rising
- Exploring the poetry written by the 1916 revolutionaries, as well as some of the poems inspired by them..
- Week 3 [10/4/2020]: Intro to "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
- We will explore how the search for Irish identity led to the beginning of the Anglo-Irish War in 1919 through the analysis of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) by James Joyce.
- Week 4 [10/11/2020]: The Search for Irish Identity Through the Lens of "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
- Discussion about Joyce’s journey to self-discovery, both within an Irish context and as an artist. We will compare Joyce’s self-exploration with the road that the Irish nation took as they waged war with the British Empire.
- Week 5 [10/18/2020]: The Irishman, Mystic, and Poet—W.B. Yeats
- Discussion of William Butler Yeats and his relationship with Ireland, and in particular, the Irish Revolution.
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- Week 6 [11/01/2020]: The Three Dublin Plays: "The Plough and the Stars" (1916 Easter Rising)
- Discussion of Seán O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars" — the most renowned of the Dublin Plays which covers the Easter Rising.
- Week 7 [11/08/2020]: The Three Dublin Plays: "The Shadow of a Gunman" (Anglo-Irish
- Discussion of O'Casey's "The Shadow of a Gunman", as well as learn about the war tactics and leading figures of the Anglo-Irish War.
- Week 8 [11/15/2020]: The Three Dublin Plays: "Juno and the Paycock" (Civil War)
- In our final week, we will conclude by talking about the culmination of the Irish Revolution by
covering the Civil War. We will do this through the lens of O’Casey’s "Juno and the Paycock",
thus completing our study of the Dublin Plays trilogy.
Sundays, Sept. 20 – Nov. 15, 2020
ONLINE via ZOOM
Entire Eight-Week Course:
$45 for Celtic Arts Center Members / $65 for non-members
Individual, Single Class Rates:
$7 for Celtic Arts Center Members / $10 for non-members
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