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WLIT 222 Irish Drama

3 s.h.

This course investigates the evolution of the Irish dramatic tradition over the past 100 years, from the development of the first indigenous theater, the Abbey, in the early 20th century to the recent international successes of the "third wave" of Irish dramatists. Our primary focus will be the plays of the most noted and influential Irish dramatists (Yeats, Gregory, Synge, O’Casey, Beckett, Friel, Carr etal.). We will analyze their work in relevant political and social contexts, paying close attention to their manner of representing Ireland and the Irish people, as well as the responses they elicited from audience members. Will also study how these playwrights adapted, revised, and at times rejected the work of earlier Irish dramatists. (LA)

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