Apr 20, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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ENG 3350 - Irish Literature

The course focuses on the rich literary tradition of Ireland. For such a small country, Ireland boasts some of the biggest names in literary history, including four Nobel Prize winners: George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. This class focuses on introducing students to the rich literary tradition of Ireland beginning with an examination of Irish myths and legends as well as examining texts from the Irish Literary Renaissance through the twenty-first century. Irish literature is haunted by its political, linguistic and cultural history as well as the geography of Ireland itself, and therefore, this course explores the shaping influences of politics, language, culture and geography alongside the exploration of examples of Irish literature. Readings include early Irish legends and myths as well as texts from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century. Some of the authors explored in this course include W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Edna O’Brien and Seamus Heaney.

Requisites: Tier I English
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to discuss Irish literary texts in a broad historical context.
  • Students will be able to write analytical prose that considers literature in terms of its social, historical and political context
  • Students will be able to discuss and write about the impact of the physical and cultural geography on imaginations of Irish writers
  • Students will be able to explain the significance of specific places in the Irish cultural imagination.

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