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ENGL 9943 PhD Seminar:Irish Fiction and Culture,1960-Present (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This seminar investigates recent Irish fiction in the context of Irish cultural criticism emerging over the past quarter century. We will examine significant societal shifts and attempt answers to ongoing cultural questions. These include issues of national identity in an era of globalization, the relationship between tradition and innovation in `Celtic Tiger' Ireland, the challenges and contradictions posed by the Peace Process, issues of gender, sexuality and ethnicity in the "new Ireland." Texts include fiction by McGahern, O'Brien, Banville, Toibin, McCann, Barry, and Enright, and cultural criticism by Joe Cleary, Fintan O'Toole, Jennifer Jeffers, and Diarmaid Ferriter.

Instructor(s): James Smith

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17