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ENGL 4518 Reading Irish Childhood (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

“Why study Irish childhood now?” Representations of the child dominate recent Irish culture, from Oscar winning movies, to Pulitzer winning memoirs, and Booker winning novels. The course evaluates this important cultural turn while examining how understandings of the Irish child change over time. We will investigate the relationship between child and nation and ask how nostalgia and memory frame childhood. This course also considers siblings, education, play, adoption, abuse, and institutionalization. Texts include short stories by James Joyce and Kevin Barry, novels by Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright and Emma Donoghue, memoirs by Frank McCourt and Caitríona Palmer, poetry by Connie Roberts, and films and documentaries including The Butcher Boy, Philomena, and States of Fear. Students will participate in the visit to BC by Anne Enright, Kevin Barry, Caitríona Palmer and Connie Roberts.


Instructor(s): James Smith

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 14-Nov-16