Irish Fiction

Autumn 2016-2017


Maud Ellmann

This course provides a survey of Irish fiction in its historical context from Maria Edgeworth to Emma Donoghue. We’ll study novels and short stories by some of the following writers: Sheridan Le Fanu, George Moore, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Liam O’Flaherty, Kate O’Brien, Elizabeth Bowen, Sean O’Faolain, Frank O’Connor, Samuel Beckett, Mary Lavin, Edna O’Brien, John McGahern, and Patrick McCabe. We’ll also study two films directed by Neil Jordan, The Crying Game (loosely based on Frank O’Connor’s story Guests of the Nation) and The Butcher Boy, based on Patrick McCabe’s novel of the same name. Assignments are likely to include two essays, regular Chalk posts, and joint class presentations. (B, G)