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ENGL 4015 Women in Irish Literature Before 1900 (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Long before Joyce, there was Sydney Owenson—a writer with as much wit and even more audacity. This course explores pre-1900 Irish literature and culture from the unique perspective of the Irish woman. Women came in all shapes and forms in early Irish and English writing: queens, faeries, hags, vampires, and, most importantly, writers themselves. We will study how women formulated the Irish novel, asking questions like, what is the relationship between history and sexuality, imperialism and literature, myth and reality, the “wild” native woman and the Landlord? Selected authors include: Sydney Owenson, Maria Edgeworth, W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Gaskell, as well as Irish language poets.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Colleen Taylor

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement


Last Updated: 03-Apr-17