Course overview

This five week course will explore five stories from the rich tradition of twentieth century short fiction in Ireland. These are.: Grace - James Joyce, First Conjugation - Julia O’Faolain. Gold Watch -John McGahern, That Dark Accomplice -John Montague Secrets -Bernard McLaverty. Each session will explore the author’s life and their text and place both in the historical context of Ireland in the twentieth century. Each text will be provided on Canvas, so there is no need to purchase texts.

Course description

Irish prose and poetry has been of fundamental importance to the development of English language writing in the past century, and the course will begin with a discussion of Joyce’s story Grace. This will allow us to focus on his evolution from a Realist writer towards a Modernist one. Our second story by Julia O’Faolain, Sean O’Faolain’s daughter and the others which follow will chart the domestic interiors of Irish life and the legacy of Ireland’s troubled birth as an Independent nation. We will discover how these different voices have been moved to explore both these interiors and wider historical questions.

As well as such issues, we will evaluate the structure of each story, its manipulation of language and its place within the broad tradition of twentieth century literature, its movements and attitudes to what a short story is and might accomplish. Therefore, as the narratives often address the identity of characters and communities, we will examine the nature and identity of the short stories themselves.

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