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Read for class on Tu 24 Jan 2017
O'Rahilly's TBC Translation 1/3

Read for class on Th 26 Jan 2017
O'Rahilly's TBC Translation 2/3

Read for class on Tu 31 Jan 2017
O'Rahilly's TBC Translation 3/3

Read for class on Th 2 Feb 2017
Extract from Kinsella's TBC Translation
"Cúchulainn's Boyhood Deeds"
ALSO: Extract from Kinsella's TBC Translation
"Combat of Ferdia and Cúchulainn"

Read for class on Tu 7 Feb 2017
Patrick Power's Translation of Life of St. Declan of Ardmore

EXAM 1 • Th 9 Feb 2017


Read for class on Tu 14 Feb 2017
a love story for St. Valentine's Day
Did you know that the Relics of St. Valentine reside at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street, Dublin?

Lady Augusta Gregory's 1902 Translation of "Fate of the Sons of Usnach"
from Her Collection of Ulster Cycle Tales, Cuchulain of Muirthemne
ALSO:  " the People of Kiltartan" and "Preface" 
by Lady Gregory and William Butler Yeats, Respectively

Read for class on Th 16 Feb 2017

Selections from Edward Gwynn's 1905 Translation of Metrical Dindsenchas
ALSO: Four Toponymic Poems by Seamus Heaney (Mainly from the 1972 Collection Wintering Out)
ALSO: Seamus Heaney's 1977 Essay "The Sense of Place" (from Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-1978)

Monday 20 February 2017
Extra-Credit Opportunity
(2% Added to Final Grade)

Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture in Irish Studies
Clair Wills PhD
Milberg Chair of Irish Letters and Professor of English, Princeton University
Fellow, Royal Irish Academy
4:00 pm - 5:10 pm • Room 1004, Information Technology Building
Be Sure to Obtain Proof of Attendance Slip as You Exit

Read for class on Tu 21 Feb 2017

Selections from Edmund Spenser's 1596 Dialogue A Veue of the Present State of Ireland
First Published in 1633, and Sometimes Called Spenser's View   


Read for class on Th 23 Feb 2017

Selections from Eighteenth-Century Aislingí (Political Vision Poems) by Aogán Ó Rathaille, Art Mac Cumhaigh, Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin, Brian Merriman, and Tomás Mac Caiside
ALSO: The Spéirbhan ("Sky Woman") Episode that Concludes Chapter 4 of James Joyce's 1916 Künstleroman A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man • Pages 197 through 201 of the 1916 Huebsch of New York Edition  

 Read for class on Tu 28 Feb 2017 
Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 Comedy of Manners The Rivals 1/2 (with Prefatory Materials)
Act 1, Scene 1 through Act 3, Scene 3

Read for class on Th 2 Mar 2017 
Sheridan's Rivals 2/2
Act 3, Scene 4 through Act 5, Scene 3
Plus "Epilogue by the Author" 

Read for class on Tu 21 Mar 2017
Maria Edgeworth's 1800 Novella Castle Rackrent: An Hibernian Tale 1/2
"Preface," Plus Text Proper through Initial Phases of Section Titled "History of Sir Conolly Rackrent"
ALSO: Kate Cochran's 2001 Essay
"'[T]he plain round tale of faithful Thady': Castle Rackrent as Slave Narrative"

Read for class on Th 23 Mar 2017 
Edgeworth's Rackrent 2/2
"History of Sir Conolly Rackrent," Plus "Glossary"
ALSO: Mary Jane Corbett's 1994 Essay
"Another Tale to Tell: Postcolonial Theory and the Case of Castle Rackrent"

EXAM 2 • Tu 28 Mar 2017