ENG 209: Modern Irish Literature, Spring 2019 (CRN 49004)
Section GA:  Monday G 359; Wednesday G 383
                   11:00
am–12:15 pm
James Joyce, DublinersBrian Friel, Dancing at LughnasaJ.M. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World...William Trevor, The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories

Brian T. Murphy

Bradley Hall, Y-16
516-572-7718

e-mail: brian.murphy@ncc.edu

Schedule and Office Hours
 

 

 

Important Announcements and Updates

Sunday, May 19:
I have completed reading your  Revisions of Essay 2 and the Final Exam.

Your final grades for the semester are posted at MyNCC (login required) and are also listed below by ID number. These grades contain generous scaling, including bonus points and adjustments. In addition, extra credit opportunities were announced in class and were also posted here as well as on the main page. Therefore, do not email me to ask about “extra credit” or other things you can do to bring your average up since you were “almost passing” or “just one point away” from the A and so on; in reality, you were closer to five or six points away.

ENG 209-GA

5.0%

10.0%

20.0%

20.0%

20.0%

20.0%

Student ID

Attendance

Quizzes/ Writing

Essay 1

Essay 2

Midterm Exam

Final Exam

Final Average

Earned Grade

N00723846

78

73

A–

A–

92

92

94

A

N00750588

96

36

C–

D

34

36

56

F

N00764006

92

74

A

A

100

84

100

A

N00825134

83

58

B

A–

93

104

98

A

N00826715

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NG

N00829855

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NG

N00856821

100

59

F

C–

48

62

67

D+

N00859148

86

48

D

C–/D

61

71

70

C

N00867247

89

0

F

0

27

48

33

F

N00867592

85

69

B

B

80

60

82

B

N00868849

69

56

C–

F

37

92

63

D

N00875461

100

81

C+

C

68

44

76

C+

N00875973

64

46

A–

F

58

0

53

F

N00876498

93

86

D

B+

98

103

98

A

N00877491

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W

N00879245

70

40

D

0

44

0

32

F

N00888767

94

84

C–

C–/D

63

64

77

C+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAX:

100.0

85.8

A

A

100.2

104.0

100.0

A

MIN:

64.0

0.0

F

0

26.5

0.0

32.0

F

MEDIAN:

88.9

58.5

C–

C–/D

60.5

62.0

73.2

C

MODE:

100.0

#N/A

D

0

#N/A

0.0

#N/A

#N/A

AVERAGE:

86.3

56.7

C–

D–

62.4

59.1

71.4

C

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 15:
Today we will begin with Poetry Recitations (Extra credit); Revisions of Essay 2 are also due at the start of class.

Today’s Final Exam covers assigned readings from April 1 though May 13. It will consist of two parts, as follows, and has built-in extra credit:

Part I: Identification. (80%) Choose one of the following two options; choose either A or B:

A: Matching, 4% each. Match each of the 22 passages provided with the appropriate author and title, using the key provided. The answer for number 1 is F, “Guests of the Nation.”

OR

B: Short Answer, 16% each. Select any five (5) of the 22 passages; be sure to identify each one by number. In a well-developed paragraph for each, identify the passage and discuss its significance. (You may identify a sixth passage for up to 10 points extra credit.)

AND

Part II: Short responses. You must answer both A and B.  (10% each)

A. A short essay (two or more paragraphs) about the class itself.

B. A short paragraph or two about your response to the course.

Friday, May 10:
On Monday, May 13, class will meet in the Haskell Room (Bradley Hall, Room 217). Be sure to read “Everything in This Country Must” by Colum McCann; class will probably start with one final quiz, to bring the total up to ten. Monday is also the last day to sign up for Poetry Recitations (Extra credit).

Revisions of Essay 2 are due on Wednesday, April 15. Essays marked RW (for Rewrite) must be revised and resubmitted; essays receiving a passing grade may also be revised and resubmitted, but these revisions are optional. All students are strongly encouraged to make use of the Writing Center in revising their essays, while some students have explicit instructions on their essays that they must utilize the Writing Center.

The Final Exam will also be Wednesday, 15 May. It will include all of the assigned readings from April 1 though May 13; that is, from Frank O’Connor and Mary Lavin through Colum McCann. It will consist of two parts, as follows, and has built-in extra credit:

Part I: Identification. (80%) Choose one of the following two options; choose either A or B:

A: Matching, 4% each. Match each of the 22 passages provided with the appropriate author and title, using the key provided. Place the appropriate letter on the blank beside the number below. (Built-in Extra Credit)

B: Short Answer, 16% each. Select any five (5) of the 22 passages; be sure to identify each one by number. In a well-developed paragraph for each, identify the passage and discuss its significance. Include as much of the following as possible: author, title, speaker, or character described, situation, and how the passage is significant in the context of the work itself and/or its connection to other works, ideas, or themes. Be sure to focus carefully and avoid plot summary: do not merely retell the story. Paragraphs will be evaluated for the quality of writing, ideas, and expression, not for the ability to regurgitate the instructor’s comments. (You may identify a sixth passage for up to 10 points extra credit.)

Part II: Short responses. You must answer both A and B.  (10% each)

A. A short essay (two or more paragraphs) about the class itself.

B. A short paragraph or two about your response to the course.

There is no correct answer for these two; this is for my information and course revisions only. All thoughtful, honest answers will receive credit.

 

Wednesday, May 8:
Your essays will be returned today. Revisions are due on Wednesday, April 15. As previously explained, essays marked RW (for Rewrite) must be revised and resubmitted; essays receiving a passing grade may also be revised and resubmitted, but these revisions are optional. All students are strongly encouraged to make use of the Writing Center in revising their essays, while some students have explicit instructions on their essays that they must utilize the Writing Center. Revisions must be substantially revised, not merely “corrected” versions of the original essay, and must be submitted with the original graded essay and/or draft(s) attached as well as one full typed page detailing the changes made, in the following  pattern:

·         Paragraph 1: Changes in content. What was added, deleted, or modified.

·         Paragraph 2: Changes in organization. What sentences, ideas, or paragraphs were moved, how things were rearranged, and why.

Evidence of substantial revision may result in a better grade for the assignment. If you did not submit a completed essay on time, or if you submit a plagiarized essay, you will receive a grade of zero and may not submit a “revision.”

Sunday, May 5:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to return Essay 2 on Monday. You will receive your essays on Wednesday, April 8; revisions, if any, will be due on Wednesday, April 15.

 

Wednesday, May 1:
As discussed in class today, on Monday, May 13, we will meet in Bradley Hall, Room 217. (The Haskell Room)

 

As per the instructions, Essay 2 was to be submitted Monday in a folder, with copies of all secondary sources:

 

Be sure to print out or photocopy all secondary sources, and highlight all relevant passages, whether quoted, paraphrased, or summarized. Failure to submit a complete folder according to these instructions will be grounds for failure on the assignment. In addition, plagiarism, either in whole or in part, will result in automatic failure (a grade of zero) for the assignment.

 

If you did not include all required materials, you have until noon tomorrow to submit them. Materials must be in my mailbox in Bradley Hall before noon; anything submitted thereafter will not be accepted.

Monday, April 29:
This is Billie Holiday singing “Strange Fruit;” Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves” samples Nina Simone’s version.

Sunday, April 28:
Tomorrow we will continue with Seamus Heaney’s selected poems.
In addition, Essay 2 is due; instructions are here.

Tuesday, April 23:
Tomorrow we will be finishing Thomas Kinsell’s selected poems (maybe) and starting Seamus Heaney’s selected poems If you are missing either handout, the poems are all linked here. There may be a quiz; if so, remember that today is Shakespeare’s birthday.

In addition, tomorrow is your last chance to ask questions about Essay 2. The essay is due on Monday, April 29; as always, late work will not be accepted.

Tuesday, April 9:
Tomorrow we will be discussing one or more of the following: Brian Friel (1929-2015), “The Diviner” (Trevor 471-481); Edna O’Brien (1932-), “Irish Revel” (Trevor 495-514);  John McGahern (1934-2006), “The Beginning of an Idea” (Trevor 526-540). There will be  a quiz.

Also tomorrow, topic proposals are due for Essay 2. If you wish to write on a topic of your own selection, such as Yeats' use of classical mythology, Irish folklore and legends in 20th (or 21st) century Irish fiction,  or the influence of Bobby Sands in later 20th-century Irish literature, you must submit the proposal tomorrow for approval and suggestions. The instructions are  on The main page and syllabus.

Tomorrow's readings have been pushed back until after break: Thomas Kinsella (1928- ): selected poems (handout).

You should also know who or what the following are: dowsing, John Roland, the jefe,  Anton Chekhov, and Pavel Chekov.

Sunday, March 31:
For tomorrow, be sure to read Frank O’Connor, “The Majesty of the Law” and “Guests of the Nation” (Trevor 342-353, 354-362), as well as Mary Lavin (1912-1996), “Sarah” (Trevor 392-400). There will be a quiz on all three stories.

You should also know the meanings of Jupiter Pluvius, brosna , and raddle, especially this explanation.

We will also discuss the Midterm Exam. Grades for the 25 matching passages ranged from 7 to 21, with a mean of 13.7; for the six identification paragraphs, worth up to five points each, the range was 0 (RFD) to 49.5 due to extra credit, with a mean of 18.77. The three short essays will be evaluated separately and returned later.

Wednesday, March 13:
As I was not able to hold class today, you must drop off your completed revisions of Essay 1 in my mailbox in the English Department by 1:00 PM tomorrow. Essays marked RW (for Rewrite) must be revised and resubmitted. Essays receiving a passing grade may also be revised and resubmitted, but these revisions are optional.

For Monday, March 18, be sure to read at least through Act I of The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge, and do not forget that class will meet in the Haskell Room, Bradley Hall Y-217.

Tuesday, March 12:
There is a very remote chance that class will not be held tomorrow. If that happens, you must drop off your completed revisions of Essay 1 in my mailbox in the English Department no later than Thursday at 1:00. As discussed, essays marked RW (for Rewrite) must be revised and resubmitted. Essays receiving a passing grade may also be revised and resubmitted, but these revisions are optional.

I am assuming we will meet as planned, which means you should be sure to read the selected poems of Richard Murphy (handout). For each of the poems, you should look up the terms listed below; it is impossible to understand these poems without some research.

For Monday, March 18, be sure to read at least through Act I of The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge, and do not forget that class will meet in the Haskell Room, Bradley Hall Y-217.

Terms to Know
(Google or Wikipedia)

Rapparees”:

Battel of Aughrim

Rapparees

Pikeman

Gibbets

Snipe

Nightjar

Orange March”:

Orange March

Bowler hats

Orange sashes

Atavistic

Aughrim

1691

Belfast

Victoria

Derry

Londonderry

Canon

Spleen

Wolfhound”:

Sabre

Toledo sword

Redcoat

Flintlock

Papistical

Casement's Funeral”:

Casement, Roger

Gaol

U-boat

Quixote

Bann Strand

Catafalque

Wolfe Tone

Cortège

Green Martyrs”:

Green Martyrs

Royal bulls

Rapparees

Whiteboys

Volunteers

Ribbonmen

July the Twelfth (12 July)

High Island”:

Fissile

Mica

Schist

Gable

Thrift (Sea Thrift)

Sea-Campion

Petrels

Sunday, March 10:
As discussed last week, this week we will discuss the selected poems of Louis MacNeice and selected poems of Richard Murphy (handout); on Wednesday we will possibly begin The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge.

On Wednesday, revisions of Essay 1 are due. As explained in class, essays marked RW (for Rewrite) must be revised and resubmitted by Wednesday, March 13. Essays receiving a passing grade may also be revised and resubmitted, but these revisions are optional. Students are strongly encouraged to make use of the Writing Center in revising their essays. Revisions must be substantially revised, not merely “corrected” versions of the original essay (revisions should be based upon the Revising and Editing Checklist and relevant information from class and the textbooks), and must be submitted with the original graded essay and/or draft(s) attached as well as one full typed page detailing the changes made, in the following  pattern:

·         Paragraph 1: Changes in content. What was added, deleted, or modified.

·         Paragraph 2: Changes in organization. What sentences, ideas, or paragraphs were moved, how things were rearranged, and why.

Evidence of substantial revision may result in a better grade for the assignment. If you did not submit a completed essay on time, or if you submit a plagiarized essay, you will receive a grade of zero and may not submit a “revision.”

Sunday, March 3:
Due to inclement weather, all day and online classes, services and activities on Monday, March 4, 2019, that begin prior to 12:00 noon are canceled. Classes, services and activities will resume at 12:00 noon. This means that we will not meet. For  Wednesday, March 6, you should focus on the poems of W. B. Yeats and the selected poems of Louis MacNeice (handouts); we will adjust the schedule of readings yet again. I will also return Essay 1 and we will discuss revisions

Sunday, March 3:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for tonight into tomorrow morning, so it is unclear whether we will have class tomorrow. In the event of class cancellation or delayed opening, I will adjust the schedule of readings. If we do meet on Monday, be sure you have (re)read the poems of W. B. Yeats and the selected poems of Louis MacNeice (handouts); I will also return Essay 1 and we will discuss revisions.

Monday, February 25:
Essay 1 is due today. The due date was changed from Wednesday, 13 February, our last class before break, on the understanding that this means there would be no exceptions, no extensions, and no excuses accepted.

Saturday, February 23:
Again, I have added more extra credit opportunities to the main page: Grammar Review Workshops presented by the Writing Center.
Enjoy this last weekend before classes resume on Monday.

Wednesday, February 20:
I have updated the main page with additional extra credit opportunities: Academic Success Workshops and Learning Skills Workshops conducted by the NCC Center for Educational and Retention Counseling. If students attend one or more of these workshops and provide evidence of attendance along with a typed one- to two-page personal response (review, analysis, reflection, critique, et cetera), they can receive one additional point per workshop.

For Monday, February 25, be sure to read at least “The Stolen Child,” “When You Are Old,” and “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats, all in the first packet of poetry distributed in class before break. (Ideally, you should read all of the Yeats packet while you have the time!)

In addition, do not forget that Essay 1 is due Monday, 25 February. Instructions are on the main page and the syllabus.

I hope you are enjoying the break.

Friday, February 8:
As agreed upon in class Wednesday, we have amended the schedule yet again. Rather than starting poetry on Wednesday, February 13, we will put off W.B. Yeats until after the break. Instead, Monday we will focus on “The Dead,  and then on Wednesday we will discuss Elizabeth Bowen’s “Her Table Spread” (Trevor 311-318) and Seán Ó Faoláin’s  “The Faithless Wife” and “The Sugawn Chair” (Trevor 318-337, 338-341). You must have The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories by Wednesday’s class, as the latter two stories are not available online.

Don’t forget the due date for Essay 1 is now Monday, 25 February, the day after break. (You may still submit your essay on the 13th if you wish.)

Tuesday, February 5:
As agreed upon in class yesterday, the due date for Essay 1 has been changed from Wednesday, 13 February, our last class before break, to Monday, 25 February, the day after break. (You may still submit your essay on the 13th if you wish.)

For tomorrow, the readings are “A Painful Case” (107-118), “Ivy Day in the Committee Room” (119-138), and “The Dead” (183-236). We will also look at the reading schedule and talk about it, possibly mix things up a bit more.

Friday, February 1:
For Monday, be sure to read “Two Gallants” (45-57), “The Boarding House” (58-66), “A Little Cloud” (67-83), “Counterparts” (84-97), and “Clay” (98-106).

In addition, I have added several extra credit opportunities to the main page:

Writing Center Grammar Review Workshop: Building Compound Sentences
Students will learn how to combine short sentences into longer ones using proper conjunctions and correct punctuation.
Facilitated by Professor Matthew Posillico, English Department
Tuesday, February 5, 5:30 (Evening Activity Hour)
G223

Taste of Yeats Day
This annual day of all things Yeats, organized by the Yeats Society of NY in partnership with Glucksman Ireland House NYU, is just a taste of a two-week program in Sligo that includes a tour of "Yeats Country."

Saturday April 6

10:00 am–5:00 pm

Glucksman Ireland House

1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

The Sean O’Casey Season at Irish Repertory Theatre
132 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
Box Office: 212.727.2737
Office: 212.255.0270
Numerous
events, some free.

If students attend one or more of these events, and provide evidence of attendance (ticket stub, program, unretouched digital image, et cetera) along with a typed one- to two-page personal response (review, analysis, reflection, critique, et cetera), they can receive additional points: a single event and written response is usually worth 2 points extra credit (Writing Center Workshops are worth one point); attendance at additional events will earn one additional point each.

And while I can’t justify awarding extra credit just for attending a feis, a parade, or a fun run, March brings many annual celebrations and festivals, including the Nassau County AOH Feis and Irish Festival. If any of these should prove to be appropriate this year, I will add them to the list of extra credit opportunities.

 

Tuesday, January 29:
As announced in class and as per the syllabus, be sure to read “An Encounter” (12-22), “Araby” (23-30), and “Eveline” (31-36) before class tomorrow. There will be a quiz.

Also, do not forget that we meet in G 383 on Wednesdays.

Finally, it might interest you to learn that tomorrow is the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, January 30, 1972.

Thursday, January 17:
Our first class is Wednesday, January 23, and the Registrar’s Office has informed me that we will meet in G 383 on Wednesdays.

Monday, January 14:
The main page and syllabus have been updated for the Spring 2019 semester.

Textbooks have been ordered through the NCC Campus Store; however, you are encouraged to purchase them from wherever they are least expensive.
We will be using the following:

Friel, Brian. Dancing at Lughnasa: A Play. London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1998. ISBN 9780571144792.
(Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com*).

Joyce, James. Dubliners. New York: Signet, 2007. ISBN 9780451530417.
(Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com*).

Synge, J. M. The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea. New York: Dover, 1993. ISBN 9780486275628.
(Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com*).

Trevor, William, ed. The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010. ISBN 9780199583140.
(Available used starting at $1.11 at Amazon.com*).

*Prices listed at Amazon.com do not include shipping, and are accurate as of original posting date only; no guarantees of prices or availability are express or implied§.

The page for the last time this course was offered, Spring 2018, is located here.
If you are looking for announcements from that semester, they are here.

 

 

 

 

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