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ENGL 455 1U - Major Authors

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Intensive study of the work of one or two major authors. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated with permission of English advising office to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours if topics vary. May be repeated for graduate credit if topics vary. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.

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English 455, Major Authors - W. B. Yeats: Enchantment and Violence - Professor V. Mahaffey - Over his long poetic career, W. B. Yeats moved from being a poet entranced by nature, myth, and incantatory rhythms to someone powerfully reacting to the bloodshed throughout the Irish colony as it tore itself loose from English control. Throughout, he wove his love for his country into his unrequited love for the beautiful and revolutionary Maud Gonne. In this course, we will examine Yeats-s greatest poems against the background of Irish myth and history. We will read The Tain (in Ciaran Carson-s translation) and Lady Gregory on Irish myth. We will look into the figures of Cathleen ni Houlihan sand Dark Rosaleen (both code names for Ireland). We will examine the Easter Rising, the Black and Tans, and the Irish Civil War. We will always pay close attention to the form and structure of each of the poems themselves. Finally, we will look at how the titles of Yeats-s volumes re

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Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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