Undergraduate Course: Great Irish Drama (LLLG07087)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course covers a selection of the greatest Irish plays from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, observing a surprising degree of continuity in the way the dramatists use language and role-play to resist English cultural and political dominance.
A fresh look at some of the much-loved plays from 19th and 20th Century Ireland, including Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest', Synge's ' The Playboy of the Western World', O'Casey's 'Juno and the Paycock' and McDonagh's 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane'. This survey course will explore the plays' dark humour, the richness of their language and will draw out their cultural and political significance.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- recognize the recurring themes and archetypal figures in Irish drama
- analyse the linguistic richness and innovative techniques of Irish theatre
- understand the political and cultural background of the plays studied.
Beckett, Samuel. 2006 Waiting for Godot. London: Faber and Faber
Friel, Brian. 1981 Translations London: Faber and Faber
Jones, Marie. 2000 Stones in His Pockets London: Nick Hern
McDonagh, Martin. 1996 The Beauty Queen of Leenane London: Methuen
McGuinness, Frank. 1986 Observe the Sons of Ulster March towards the Somme London: Faber and Faber
McPherson, Conor. 2001 The Weir London: Nick Hern
O¿Casey, Sean. 1998 Juno and the Paycock in Three Dublin Plays London: Faber and
Shaw, George Bernard. 2003 Pygmalion London: Penguin
Synge, J. M. 2008 The Playboy of the Western World(Oxford: Oxford World¿s Classics
Wilde Oscar. 2007 The Importance of Being Earnest London: Penguin
Deane, Seamus. 1986 A Short History of Irish Literature London: Hutchinson.
Maxwell, D.E.S. 1984 A Critical History of Irish Drama Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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|Course organiser||Ms Rachael King
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855