In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ireland was the locus of a remarkable ferment of creativity in the arts. Its multifarious achievements include the rediscovery of Indigenous myth, saga and poetry; the foundation of a home-based theatre movement, culminating in the Abbey Theatre; the founding of the Gaelic League, aimed at restoring spoken Gaelic; the emergence of dramatists who would revitalize English-language theatre—George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Augusta Gregory, John Millington Synge and Sean O’Casey; and the rise of a great poet, William Butler Yeats, and a great fiction writer, James Joyce.
We’ll explore how these cultural achievements galvanized social and political events, culminating in Ireland’s independence from Britain, and how the above writers can be seen as the first post-colonialists, given their global influence and reputation.
Note: Required readings for this course will be available online.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.