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Topic 73

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    Celtic Heritage

  1. Invasion of Ireland; literature of the heroic age: epic cycles
  2. Conversion to Christianity, the Irish mission; Irish culture int he early and mature Middle Ages: poetry, music, ornamental art
  3. History of Ireland int he Middle Ages: the Viking and Anglo-Norman conquest, the Pale consolidation of notional and actual English dominance
  4. Survival, then gradual decline of literature in the Irish language by the end of the eighteenth century and beginning of the nineteenth century
  5. Presence of the musical and poetic heritage in the culture of Anglo-Irish Ireland

    Political, Social and Ethnic history of modern Ireland

  6. 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;
  7. “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;
  8. 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;
  9. The Land League, Parnell and the home rule movements; the politics of independence and revolutionary violence: from the Fenians to the Easter Rising;
  10. Arthur Griffith and Sinn Fein, independence and the partition of Ireland;
  11. De Valera’s Ireland: from the 20s to the end of the 60s;
  12. Northern Ireland and the IRA.

    The Anglo-Irish Literary Tradition

  13. 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,
  14. Anglo-Irish presence in, and interaction with, mainstream and metropolitan English culture and politics (Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Edmund Burke);
  15. Maria Edgeworth, Ascendancy, and the culture of the Big House
  16. Nationalism and Romanticism in poetry (Thomas Moore and James Clarence Mangan);
  17. Repressed Ascendancy guilt: Anglo-Irish gothic in the 19th century (Charles Maturin, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula).

    Nation and modernism

  18. The literary revival; Celtic Twilight, Douglas Hyde and the Gaelic League;
  19. The new Irish drama; Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge and the Abbey Theatre;
  20. W.B. Yeats’s poetic career, significance and influence;
  21. James Joyce and the modernist novel.

    Literature after independence

  22. 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);
  23. Modern Irish drama from the 20s to the present (Sean O’Casey, Dennis Johnston, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Brian Friel, Thomas Murphy, Steward Parker);
  24. The first generation of Irish poets after Yeats (Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh);
  25. Irish poetry after Word War II (John Montague, Thomas Kinsella, Brendan Kennelly, Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian and others);
  26. The novel today (John McGahern, John Banville, Dermot Bolger, Colm Tóibín, Roddy Doyle and others).

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