ENG 209: Modern Irish Literature, Spring 2019 (CRN 49004)
Section GA:  Monday G 359; Wednesday G 383
                   11:00 am12:15 pm

James Joyce, DublinersJ.M. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World...Brian Friel, Dancing at LughnasaWIlliam Trevor, The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stoires

Brian T. Murphy

Bradley Hall, Y-16
516-572-7718

e-mail: brian.murphy@ncc.edu

Schedule and Office Hours
 

Important Announcements and Updates

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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