Syllabus: The University of Vermont History 195
Modern Ireland, 1607- Present
Joseph Coohill, Ireland: a Short History.
Frank O’Connor, Collected Stories
Brendan Behan, Borstal Boy
Seamus Deane, Reading in the Dark
Seamus Heaney, Field Work
Lecture 1: Ireland Before 1500
Lecture 2: The Tudor-Stuart Conquest
Reading: Coohill, Ireland: A Short History, Introduction and Chapter 1
Lecture 3: 17th Century Ireland
Lecture 4: The Protestant Ascendancy / The Rebellion of 1798
Reading: Coohill, Chapter 2; Frank O’Connor, Collected Stories, “My First Protestant”
Lecture 5: Catholic Emancipation and the Repeal Movement
Lecture 6: The Famine
Reading: Coohill, Chapter 3; O’Connor, “The Old Faith,” “Peasants” and “The Teacher’s Mass”
Lecture 7: The Irish Diaspora/19th Century Irish Nationalism
Lecture 8: The Land War / Home Rule
Reading: Coohill, Chapters 4 and 5; O’Connor, “Ghosts”
Lecture 9: Rebellion
Lecture 10: The Irish Civil War
Reading: Coohill, Chapters 6 and 7; O’Connor, “Guests of the Nation” and “The Martyr”; Liam O’Flaherty, “The Sniper”
Lecture 11: The Republic Becomes Independent
Reading: Coohill, Chapter 8; Brendan Behan, Borstal Boy
Lecture 12: The Troubles
Reading: Coohill, Chapter 9; Seamus Deane Reading in the Dark; Seamus Heaney, Field Work
Assignments & Grading:
Discussion, 33%, Readings paper, 33%, Final Paper, 33%. Each student will help lead a discussion on a day for which s/he has prepared a readings paper.
- Lectures – On site in Dublin
- Readings (both textbook and online) – The textbook is Joseph Coohill’s Ireland: a Short History. There will be one or two textbook chapters assigned and additional short web-based readings for discussion topics.
- Students are expected to read Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy, Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark before the trip to Dublin. They should bring all the books for the course with them. There will be regular reading assignments assigned while in Dublin, including selections from Frank O’Connor’s Collected Stories and Seamus Heaney’s Field Work.
- Discussion – Most days you will have both assigned readings and some primary source (i.e., original) documents to analyze and discuss.
- Written Work – You will be asked to write a final essay.