your supervisor in order to discuss which 12 topics you will have
to prepare for the final exam.
- Invasion of Ireland; literature of the heroic age: epic cycles
- Conversion to Christianity, the Irish mission; Irish culture int he early and mature Middle Ages: poetry, music, ornamental art
- History of Ireland int he Middle Ages: the Viking and Anglo-Norman conquest, the Pale consolidation of notional and actual English dominance
- Survival, then gradual decline of literature in the Irish language by the end of the eighteenth century and beginning of the nineteenth century
- Presence of the musical and poetic heritage in the culture of Anglo-Irish Ireland
Political, Social and Ethnic history of modern Ireland
- From Cromwell to William: victory and consolidation of the English state organization and social structure; settlement of Ulster, the roots of the Protestant Ascendancy, the forced retreat of Irish-language Catholic culture;
- “Georgian” Dublin in the eighteenth century; modern Anglo-Irish “national” politics at the end of the eighteenth century: Grattan’s Parliament, the United Irishmen movement and The Year of the French;
- From political union through Catholic emancipation to the Great Famine; the development of the new (Catholic and English speaking) Irish middle-class, the development of bourgeois mentality and the decline of the irish language;
- The Land League, Parnell and the home rule movements; the politics of independence and revolutionary violence: from the Fenians to the Easter Rising;
- Arthur Griffith and Sinn Fein, independence and the partition of Ireland;
- De Valera’s Ireland: from the 20s to the end of the 60s;
- Northern Ireland and the IRA.
The Anglo-Irish Literary Tradition
- The first modern articulation of a separate Irish cultural, intellectual and political tradition in the first decades of the 18th century: Jonathan Swift and George Berkeley,
- Anglo-Irish presence in, and interaction with, mainstream and metropolitan English culture and politics (Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Edmund Burke);
- Maria Edgeworth, Ascendancy, and the culture of the Big House
- Nationalism and Romanticism in poetry (Thomas Moore and James Clarence Mangan);
- Repressed Ascendancy guilt: Anglo-Irish gothic in the 19th century (Charles Maturin, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula).
Nation and modernism
- The literary revival; Celtic Twilight, Douglas Hyde and the Gaelic League;
- The new Irish drama; Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge and the Abbey Theatre;
- W.B. Yeats’s poetic career, significance and influence;
- James Joyce and the modernist novel.
Literature after independence
- New developments in prose between the two World Wars: sociographic- autobiographical populism (Thomas O’Crochan, Maurice O’Sullivan), late-naturalism (Liam O’Flaherty) new experimentalism Flann O’Brien/ Myles na Copaleen and Samuel Beckett);
- Modern Irish drama from the 20s to the present (Sean O’Casey, Dennis Johnston, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Brian Friel, Thomas Murphy, Steward Parker);
- The first generation of Irish poets after Yeats (Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh);
- Irish poetry after Word War II (John Montague, Thomas Kinsella, Brendan Kennelly, Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian and others);
- The novel today (John McGahern, John Banville, Dermot Bolger, Colm Tóibín, Roddy Doyle and others).
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