ENGL 396 E - English Honors Seminar - Ireland and Sexuality
An open-topic, discussion-oriented seminar aimed at majors who have shown high skill and intensive interest in the area of English studies. Course Information: May be repeated up to 6 hours in the same term to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: A 3.33 grade point average or consent of the English Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. Restricted to English majors.
Ireland and Sexuality - As a country dominated for 800 years by England (politically) and the Catholic Church (spiritually), Ireland developed a split between pious obedience and revolutionary resistance that helped to shape the literature of the early twentieth century. This split was reflected not only in political opinions; it also affected attitudes towards sexuality, especially extramarital, same-sex and female sexuality. We will begin by analyzing an example of sexual repressiveness that had serious political repercussions: the case of Charles Stewart Parnell, a member of the British Parliament who was working within the legal system to establish Home Rule for Ireland but was removed from office for having an extramarital affair with a married woman (whom he later married). The relevant texts will include Joyce, -Ivy Day in the Committee Room- and the first chapter of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and selected poems by W. B. Yeats. Next, we will examine the tr
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