ENG 366, sec. 101
TT: 11:30-2:20, 315 EBH

JOHNSEN /113B MORRILL HALL / TT at 11am (appointment) and after class
432-3375/johnsen@msu.edu

DRAFT

REQUIRED TEXTS:  Harrington, MODERN IRISH DRAMA; Pethica (ed), YEATS'S POETRY, DRAMA AND PROSE; Joyce, THE PORTABLE JAMES JOYCE; Elizabeth Bowen, THE HEAT OF THE DAY; Heaney, THE SPIRIT LEVEL; Townshend, IRELAND

Irish History on the WebShortest possible introduction to important historical developments: Glorious revolution; Act of Union; Catholic EmancipationThe Irish Famine; contemporary 'views' of the Famine; historical figures: Daniel O'Connell; Charles Stewart Parnell; James Connolly; Michael Collins; The Abbey Theatre; map [another] of Ireland; central Dublin map;  map; map

Reading assignments for class discussion: audio files require Real Player. Download free player.


15 May: Introduction
17 May: Yeats, 3-41 in Pethica, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, Lady Gregory, Spreading the News in MODERN IRISH DRAMA; see Man of Aran in class (suggested reading Vincent Browne and the IFTN entry on the film)
22:  Yeats, 42-130 in Pethica; see Yeats Exhibition at National Library; Shaw , John Bull's Other Island Synge The Playboy of the Western World; see Neil Jordan's Michael Collins (also at IFTN) in class
24: James Joyce, DUBLINERS; See THE DEAD (IFTN entry) in class
29: Chapters One, Two, Three, A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, in THE PORTABLE JOYCE. See "Is There One Who Understand Me?"
31: complete PORTRAIT; film of PORTRAIT; Joyce, EXILES
5 June: see film of ULYSSES; read selections of FINNEGANS WAKE in THE PORTABLE JAMES JOYCE; O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock; hear Yeats discuss modern poetry in 1936; Yeats, "Purgatory," prose selections in Pethica
7: midterm exam, worth 15 points
12: Bowen, THE HEAT OF THE DAY; see THE HEAT OF THE DAY
14: Behan, THE QUARE FELLOW in MID; Mountjoy Prison; Beckett , KRAPPS LAST TAPE; see KRAPPS LAST TAPE in class
19: See The Rocky Road to Dublin; post essay (10 points + 5 webpoints if posted on time; topic below)
21: 
Friel, TRANSLATIONS in MID; see DANCING AT LUGHNASA
26: Heaney, THE SPIRIT LEVEL; hear Heaney read the poems
28: Final exam in class: 15 points

Essay: Your responsibility is to use your gifts of reading and writing in the service of authors we have read together. The essay should recreate your own thinking about your chosen author so that I can try thinking of her/him as you do. Your job is to help your reader (in this case, me) learn to read these authors with greater attention and understanding. (10)

Essay topic:
By now you have read a lot of Yeats and Joyce. Compare Yeats's poetry to his plays, then compare Joyce's fiction to his play, then summarise your findings in a way that can either compare each writer's relation of their drama to their major work, or declare that no comparison is possible or legitimate. (2000 words)

Essay format: Anyone taking this course is specialising (that is, earning credentials) in English. At its most general level, work in English is language processing. Outside the university, fellow workers and employers have no patience for anyone who processes English awkwardly or mistakenly. Therefore, I will be evaluating your form as well as your ideas. You will lose 2 points off an essay if you have more than four words misspelled. You should use the essay format you learned in ENG 210 or in ATL. Otherwise, follow either the Chicago Manual of Style or the MLA (consult Professor Charles Darling's webpage on MLA format). In whatever format, make certain you adequately footnote any idea you use from any source so that your reader can follow you up.  (For quoting from our texts, a single footnote giving info, then page numbers or lines numbers in parentheses is sufficient).  Read the English Department policy on plagiarism.  My policy? I will fail anyone who plagiarises.

Finally, you must post your essay in your pilot web directory. If you don't already have a homepage, create one with links to each essay. I will email back your grade, and I will post my comments on your essay. You may read my comments on everyone's essays by choosing the link on the class roster page

Webpages: (worth 5 points; 3 points for the essay posted, in html format, 2 point for the homepage anchoring the links): In order that I might move quickly from page to page, (and in order for you to get credit for webwork) you must follow these rules for posting your webpages: You must have a homepage, with a separate links to the essay; your homepage file must be posted in your main pilot web directory as (without the brackets) <index.html>.  You may read other students's essays by using the class roster page. You may also access my comments (but not the grades) on these essays. Access will be limited to students enrolled in this course. You must post by the due date to receive any webpage credit. No exceptions, no excuses.

ACNS has a help page for making webpages.   Here is my rough attempt to write tutorials for making webpages for this course.

Exams: The midterm and final will be made up of unidentified passages. You will be asked to write on five passages, from a choice of seven or eight that you will discuss, without books, without notes (15+15 points).

Grades: grades are calculated by adding your accumulated points from essay (10), exams (15 + 15), and web points: 38 or more points, rounded up to a 4.0 grade; 32 points would be rounded back to a 3.0, etc. 

Class lecture: I like questions and comments. They help me convert my own ideas about what we read together, out of the intellectual shorthand in which they were conceived, into a more public language. Questions also help me to identify the more "questionable" aspects of my own thinking, for improvement. If you have a question that comes to you before or after class, you should e-mail it to me.

Some other useful websites relevant to course material include:
Intute: arts & humanities
Jack Lynch's Literary resources: Twentieth Century British and Irish
Alan Liu's Voice of the Shuttle/English Lit/Modern
Bible Gateway
The Modernist Journals Project
The Belfast Group [resource on Belfast poets at Emory]
Irish History on the Web
CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts
Irish Resources in the Humanities
General links for Ireland
The Unabridged Constitution of Ireland (unofficial variorum)
Act of Union Virtual Library
Father Browne's Photographs
film of Easter 1916 destruction
IMDB
Jorn Barger's Irish links at Robot Wisdom
Yeats's poem on Con Markiewicz and Lissadell
picture of Con Markiewicz on the front of FEROCIOUS HUMANISM
Ceolas (Celtic music on internet)
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann promoting the music, culture, and arts of ireland at home and abroad

Irish Traditional Music Archive
Irish Music Magazine

Peter Browne, a frequent visitor to the department's programs in Ireland, gives a performance and lecture on the Uilleann pipes. He produces Céilí House for RTE
Green Linnet (Irish music company)
BBC Northern Ireland poetry page