The Great Irish Famine was one of the most catastrophic events in Irish history. It left a permanent mark on the country and changed the culture so drastically that it caused a rift in the arts and society. Irish literature, in particular, may be classified as pre-Famine and post-Famine. This course will look at multiple historian viewpoints and focus on literature that has dared address the Famine and its aftermath in Ireland, including the themes of emigration and disease.
CLASS DATES & DESCRIPTIONS
- Week 1 [04/03/2022]: The Famine Years: An Introduction
- The Great Famine was a time that deeply affected the Irish population and forever changed and scarred the island. In the first week, the course will cover an introduction to the Famine and read key poems such as "The Famine Year" by Lady Jane Wilde.
- Week 2 [04/10/2022]: Emigration and New Life in America
- One of the largest consequences of the Famine was the emigration of large parts of the Irish population to other countries such as the United States. These experiences were documented by American writers such as Walt Whitman. We will compare their work to what we know historically about this period.
- – NO CLASS SCHEDULED ON APRIL 17, 2022 –
- Week 3 [04/24/2022]: Castle Daly: The Story of an Irish Home Thirty Years Ago
- Annie Keary's novel offers us the opportunity to see the Famine through the perspective of social constructs imposed by the English on the Irish. We will cover the first half of the book and explore English conceptions about the Irish from this time.
- Week 4 [05/01/2022]: Castle Daly: England vs. Ireland
- We will discuss the ending of the novel and dive deeper into the ramifications of the English perspective of the Irish, and how this affected events like the Famine.
- – NO CLASS SCHEDULED ON MAY 8, 2022 –
- Week 5 [05/15/2022]: The Chronicles of Castle Cloyne: Or, Pictures of the Munster People
- In week 5, we will begin to explore this novel's unique exploration of the theme of Irish immigration to California during the Famine years, specifically the opportunities that the Irish found upon moving to the West.
- Week 6 [05/22/2022]: Castle Cloyne: Reflections on the Famine
- In our final week of this course, we will finish our discussion of Castle Cloyne, but also reflect on the Famine as a whole. The Famine has had long-lasting effects that can still be felt in Ireland today. We will discuss these effects with respect to the themes of this course.
Sundays, April 3 – May 22, 2022
ONLINE via ZOOM
Entire Six-Week Course:
$35 for Celtic Arts Center Members / $50 for non-members
Individual, Single Class Rates:
$7 for Celtic Arts Center Members / $10 for non-members
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