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ENGL 4955 ATS: Ireland: The Colonial Context (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

According to Seamus Deane, “Ireland is the only Western European country that has had both an early and a late colonial experience.” This seminar examines literary and cultural representations of the Norman invasion, the Elizabethan and Jacobean plantations, the emergence of an Anglo-Irish identity, the cultural nationalist response to imperialism, and the emergence of a post-national society. The seminar’s main objective, therefore, is to evaluate how Irish culture manifests, responds to and/or resists the colonial encounter. Particular attention is paid to the issues of language, literary tradition and literary authority, and to representations of place, gender, and identity.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): James Smith

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 30-Jan-15