Staging Ireland: Rival Forms, Rival Communities since The Troubles

Professor Wilson, Spring 2003


Focusing largely on dramatic production within and about Ireland since the resurgence of political unrest in the late 1960s, this course will consider the ways in which rival visions of community are shaped through a series of different artistic forms (whether generic, aesthetic, or rhetorical). Plays, screenplays, and verse drama by Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle, Martin McDonagh, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness will be generically, historically framed by selected narrative fiction, critical non-fiction, poetic narratives by Eavan Boland, Angela Bourke, Heaney and Doyle. A course film series, and participation in the international conference, "Re-Imagining Ireland", held at UVA (Saturday May 10) will be expected course requirements.

Required readings will be sold at Books and Co. (corner of Nelson and Jefferson)

MW 12-3 (projected)