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123251 AR Literature Course - Literature 1/2 (MA) British/Irish/New English (2011W)

Recent Irish Drama

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 24 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 14.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 21.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 28.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 04.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 11.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 18.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 25.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 02.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 09.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 16.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 13.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 20.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Writing in 2000, in an essay entitled "Who the Hell Do We Think We Still Are?" the playwright Declan Hughes mocked what he perceived as the backwardness of contemporary Irish theatre:
I could live a long and happy life without seeing another play set in a Connemara kitchen, or a country pub. I think it's significant that in contemporary theatre and cinema, so much attention gets paid to the nineteen fifties, the decade before Ireland opened for business, the time when we were a "special little enclave". [Theatre Stuff, ed. Eamonn Jordan (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2000), p. 13].
Now that the Celtic Tiger is dead such pessimism regarding possible representations of contemporary Ireland appears wildly exaggerated. There is quite sufficient evidence for the engagement of Irish drama (and Irish film) with the Celtic Tiger as a contemporary phenomenon, esp. with the darker sides of its "underbelly". Following this period of economic boom (between 1996 and 2008) and the enormous socio-political and cultural changes it brought with it, the Connemara kitchen -- and the Quiet Man's cottage, for that matter -- have indeed become obsolete and have since been replaced by alternative locations such as the mean streets of Dublin, council flats in North London or any place in the Irish diaspora.
Texts to be studied include: Martin McDonagh, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996); Jimmy Murphy, The Kings of the Kilburn High (2000); Enda Walsh, The Walworth Farce (2006); Dermot Bolger, In High Germany (1990) and The Parting Glass (2010).

Assessment and permitted materials

Requirements for credit: regular attendance, active participation in class, PowerPoint presentation, written final test.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

It is the aim of this course to introduce students to the rich variety of recent Irish drama as it reflects the Celtic Tiger era. In a wider context intermedial con¬nections between drama and film will also be explored as well as the parameters of contemporary "In-Yer-Face Theatre".

Examination topics

inter-active (oral presentations, class-room discussion, short introductory lectures).

Reading list

A customised anthology will be available at StudienServiceStelle from 15 September onwards. Additional material will be provided on an e-learning platform. Therefore, students are asked to familiarise themselves in advance with the MOODLE platform. For introduction and self-guided tour, please see https://elearning.univie.ac.at/

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, MA 844;
Code/Modul: Diplom 325, 326/328, 336/338, 721-723, UF 4.2.4-323, MA4, MA7;
Lehrinhalt: 12-3251

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