Assist. Prof. Dr. Plamen Gaptov/ Assist. Prof. Dr. Jonathan McCreedy
Тhe course is an introduction to the Gaelic Revival: one of Ireland’s major cultural and literary triumphs. The focus will be on W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, Lady Gregory and other revivalists such as George Sigerson, George Moore and A.E. Some of the topics for discussion include: myth, collective memory and literary echoes; folkloristics and the poetics of modernism; the construction of the colonial subject; anthropology as a critique of modernity; cultural nationalism. These topics will be discussed in the context of close reading of a carefully selected list of literary works. Current debates in Irish studies, particularly post-colonial and subaltern approaches, will serve as a theoretical departure and as a model for academic argumentation. Students will be assessed on class participation in addition to individual written work based on independent research.