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Gender Troubles: Performative Identities in Modern Irish Writing: graded paper

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The course will begin with an examination of gendered tropes that inform turn of the century representations of Irish identity?Mother Ireland, Kathleen Ní Houlihan and (tragic) Celtic heroines. In reference to Judith Butler?s theory of identity as performance, Gender Trouble (1990), we will explore themes of gender identity, gendered tropes, transgression and dysfunction in a selection of work by twentieth century Irish writers including: Lady Augusta Gregory, Grainne; John

Millington Synge Deirdre of the Sorrows / In the Shadow of the Glen; Kate O?Brien Mary Lavelle; Edna O?Brien The Country

Girls; Seamus Heaney selected poems; Eavan Boland selected poems; Tom Kilroy The Death and Resurrection of Mr

Roche; Frank McGuinness, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme / Dolly West?s Kitchen; Eilís Ní

Dhuibhne Short stories from Eating Women is Not Recommended / The Dancers Dancing; Patrick McCabe Breakfast on

Pluto; Roddy Doyle, The Woman Who Walked in to Doors; Emma Donoghue, Stir-Fry / Ladies and Gentlemen; Anne

Enright, The Wig My Father Wore; Conor McPherson, Port Authority / Shining City; Marina Carr Low in the Dark, Woman and Scarecrow.

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