21L.488 | Spring 2003 | Undergraduate

Contemporary Literature


1 Welcomes, logistical explanations, and a few warm-up exercises.  
2 James Joyce, “The Dead.” Not to pre-empt the lead-off persons here, but two questions that nag at me about this story are, “To whom precisely does the title refer?” and “Can this marriage be saved?”  
3 James Joyce, “The Dead.”  (cont.)  
4 William Butler Yeats  
5 William Butler Yeats (cont.)  
6 Samuel Beckett  
7 Recently an enterprising group undertook the filming of all of Beckett’s stage works. The Literature Section film office owns the set, and we’ll take a look at a few of Smiling Sammy’s shorter works today.  
8 Edna O’Brien  
9 William Trevor  
10 Mary Lavin  
11 John McGahern  
12 Mary Dorcey

Mary Morrissey

13 Roddy Doyle

Sara Berkeley

First paper due
14 Brian Friel  
15 Brian Friel (cont.)  
16 Seamus Heaney  
17 Seamus Heaney (cont.)  
18 John Montague  
19 John Montague (cont.)  
20 Eavan Boland

Nuala ni Dhomhnaill

Paula Meehan

21 Marina Carr Second paper due
22 Discussion of poetry from The White Page. The lead-off people will have the power / responsibility to select the poem we attend to on that day, and given time others may bring forward their choices.  
23 The White Page Discussions (cont.)  
24 The White Page Discussions (cont.)  
25 The White Page Discussions (cont.)  
26 Final Lecture  

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