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123424 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2017S)

20th Century Irish Drama

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

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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. 20 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 04.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 25.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 02.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 09.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Saturday 13.05. 08:30 - 13:15 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 16.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 23.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 30.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 13.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 20.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 27.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

There are three goals to this course: to practice the analysis and interpretation of dramatic texts; to learn about theatrical traditions of the 20th century; and to stock up on knowledge about 20th century Irish (literary, cultural, social) history. We are going to achieve these through discussing a broad range of plays from different genres written by male and female playwrights, following different aesthetic programmes and/or political agendas. While the course's first part is going to be dedicated to canonical authors (Yeats/Gregory, O'Casey, Beckett), its second part will deal with contemporary pieces.

This course is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge about the theatrical traditions in 20th century Ireland. You will be able to improve your skills for analysing dramatic texts and grasping historical contexts. You will learn to use concepts put forward by (contemporary) literary or cultural theory to produce enriched interpretations. You will have opportunities to practice close reading and positioning yourselves (critically and in support of) scholarly texts. The specialist model will enhance your skills in structuring a discussion, while the feedback-loop will hopefully boost your learning curve.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active participation in class; active in specialist team for one lesson per term; active in peer-feedback; term paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance: 5%
Active participation: 10%
Specialist task: 35%
Term paper: 50%

Students must attain at least 60% to pass this course.

Examination topics

There will be no written exam.

Reading list

Books to buy:
As far as the classics (Yeats/Gregory; GBS; O'Casey; Beckett) are concerned, any respectable edition is fine. As regards the living authors, you may consider purchasing the plays individually or as part of the playwrights' collections. I do realise plays are more expensive than novels, but these authors are artists who try to live off their pens. These are editions you might contemplate checking out of the library (the classics) or purchasing (the recent plays):

James Pethica (ed.), "Collaborative One-Act Plays, 1901-1903" (contains Yeats's/Gregory's "Cathleen Ni Houlihan") [ISBN: 978-0801441721]
John Millington Synge, "The Playboy of the Western World and Two Other Irish Plays", London: Penguin, 2009 [ISBN: 978-0140188783]
Dan H. Laurence (ed.), "Bernhard Shaw: Plays Unpleasant", London: Penguin, 2000 (contains "Mrs. Warren's Profession") [ISBN: 978-0140437935]
Sean O'Casey, "Three Dublin Plays". London: faber and faber, 1998 (contains "Juno and the Paycock") [ISBN: 978-0571195527]
Samuel Beckett, "Endgame", London & Boston: faber and faber, 1964 [ISBN: 9780571070671]
John B. Keane, "The Field", Cork: Mercier Press, 1991 [ISBN: 9780853429760]
Brian Friel, "Translations", London: faber and faber, 1981 [ISBN: 9780571117420]
Conor McPherson, "Plays: Two" (contains "The Weir"), London: Nick Hern Books, 2014 [ISBN: 9781854597779]
Tom Murphy, "Plays: 1" (contains "Famine"), London: Methuen, 1992. [ISBN: 9780413665706]
Elizabeth Kuti, "Treehouses", London: Methuen, 2000 [ISBN: 978-0413753809]
Mark O'Rowe, "terminus", London: Nick Hern Books, 2007 [ISBN: 9781854599865]
Marina Carr, "Hecuba", Loughgrew: The Gallery Press, 2015 [ISBN: 9781852356606]

Background Reading:

Richards, Shaun, "The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama", Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. [ISBN: 9780521008730]
Ó Murchadha, Ciarán, "The Great Famine: Ireland's Agony 1845-1852", London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013 [ISBN: 978-1472507785]
Nic Dhiarmada, "Briona, The 1916 Irish Rebellion", Cork: Cork UP, 2016. [ISBN: 978-1782051916]
Van Hulle Dirk (ed.), "The New Cambridge Companion to Samuel Beckett", Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015 [IBSN: 978-1107427815]
Innes, Christopher (ed.), "The New Cambridge Companion to George Bernard Shaw", Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998 [ISBN: 978-0521566339]

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA09.2, 10.2, MA4, MA6, MA7
Lehrinhalt: 12-0388

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