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ENGL 4954 Junior Honors Seminar (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 seminar evaluates this cultural turn. It examines how understandings of the Irish child change over time. It investigates the relationship between children and nation. It asks how nostalgia and memory frame childhood. It considers education, play, adoption, child abuse, and institutionalization. Texts include Joyce's Dubliners, novels by Kate O'Brien, Roddy Doyle, Colm Toibin and Anne Enright, memoirs by John McGahern and Hugo Hamilton, films and documentaries including The Butcher Boy and States of Fear.


Instructor(s): James Smith

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Permission of the instructor required.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13