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The Poetry of W. B. Yeats: graded paper

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NOTE: For an updated syllabuse and details go to Moodle.  

Feb 20 - NO CLASS.  I will try to make up for that session at the end of the semester.


March 6 and 13 NATION, WOMAN, SHIP AND CARMocking Traditional Tropes

Reading for March 6

PRIMARY TEXTSEavan Boland, "Mise Eire,"Vona Groarke, "The Imperial Measure"Patrick Pearse, "Fornocht do chonac thú", "Mise Éire", "Mother"Aodhagán Ó Rathaille, "Gile na Gile"SECONDARY SOURCESEavan Boland, "In Search of a Nation", Object Lessons (Manchester: Carcanet, 2006), 52-71.Máirín Nic Eoin, "Sovereignty and Politics, c. 1300-1900", in Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Irish Women’s Writings and Traditions, Vol. 4, eds. Angela Bourke et al. (Cork: Cork University Press, 2002), 275. (In the department library or on: )

Reading for March 13

PRIMARY TEXTSNuala Ní Dhomhnaill, "Caitlín", "Masculus Giganticus Hibernicus"Máirtín Ó Direáin, "Éire ina bhfuil Romhainn"Paul Muldoon, "Aisling"Eavan Boland, "Tirade for the Epic Muse"

SECONDARY SOURCESDavid Wheatley, "Changing the Story: Eavan Boland and Literary History", The Irish Review 31 (Spring/Summer 2004): 104-120.Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, "Introduction: Contemporary Poetry", in Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Irish Women’s Writings and Tradition. Vol. 4., 1290-97.Patricia Coughlan, "‘Bog Queens’: The Representations of Women in the Poetry of John Montague and Seamus Heaney", in Theorizing Ireland, ed. Claire Connolly (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), 41-60.

NOTE: The reading for March 6 and 13 to be confirmed and uploaded by February 27. The underlined essays are those assigned for presentation.  

March 20 and 27 THE RAGS OF LANGUAGETechniques of Silence and Obliquity

Reading for March 20 and 27

PRIMARY TEXTSEiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, "Gloss/Clós/Glass", "The Last Glimpse of Erin", "Passing Over in Silence"  Vona Groarke,  "An Teach Tuí", "White Noise", "Away"Medbh McGuckian, "Venus and the Rain", "Aviary", "The Soil Map"

SECONDARY SOURCESJustin Quinn, "Feminism and Irish Poetry", The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry, 1800-2000 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 161-74.Guinn Batten, "Boland, McGuckian, Ní Chuilleanáin and the Body of the Nation", in The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry, ed. Matthew Campbell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 169-88.  

Apr 3 and 10 POETRY IN IRISH & THE POLITICS OF TRANSLATIONNuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Biddy Jenkinson, Aifric Mac Aodha

Reading for April 3 and 10


Frank Sewell, "Between Two Languages: Poetry in Irish, English and Irish English",  Cambridge Companion to Irish Poetry, ed. Matthew Campbell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 149-68.Brian Ó Conchubhair, "The Right of Cows and the Rite of Copy; an Overview of Translation from Irish to English", Éire-Ireland 35.1/2 (2000): 92-111.Biddy Jenkinson, "A Letter to an Editor", Irish University Review 21.1 (Spring/Summer 1991): 27-34.Biddy Jenkinson, "Máire Mhac an tSaoi: The Clerisy and the Folk (P.I.R. 24): A Reply", Poetry Ireland Review 25 (Spring 1989): 80.Aifric Mac Aodha, "A Talkative Corpse: The Joys of Writing Poetry in Irish", Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art (25 October 2011). Quinn, "Incoming: Irish Poetry and Translation", in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry, eds. Fran Brearton and Alan Gillis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).  Michael Cronin, Translating Ireland: Translation, Languages, Cultures (Cork: Cork University Press, 1996).  

Apr 17 and 24THE NEW AND THE VERY NEWEST Vona Groarke, Caitríona O’Reilly, Sinéad Morrissey, Ailbhe Darcy

Reading for April 17 and 24

SECONDARY SOURCESVona Groarke, "Editorial", Verse 16.2 (1999): 7-8.Justin Quinn, "The Irish Efflorescence", Poetry Review 91.4 (2001/2): 4-8.  

May 15 TRITE BUT TENACIOUSCurrent Debates and State of Affairs

Reading for May 15

SECONDARY SOURCESPatricia Coughlan, "‘The Whole Strange Growth’: Heaney, Orpheus and Women" in Irish Feminisms: Special Issue of Th

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