EN 518 Reading Irish Childhood (Spring: 3)
Why study Irish childhood now? Representations of the child dominate recent
Irish culture, from Oscar winning movies to Pulitzer winning memoirs and
Booker-winning novels. This course evaluates this cultural turn. It examines
how understandings of the Irish child change over time. It investigates
the relationship between children and nation. It asks how nostalgia and
memory frame childhood. It considers education, play, adoption, child abuse,
and institutionalization. Texts include Yeats' "Prayer for my Daughter,"
Joyce's Dubliners, novels by Kate O'Brien, Roddy Doyle, and Anne
Enright, memoirs by Frank McCourt and Julia O'Faolain, films including The
Butcher Boy and In America.
Last Updated: 24-JAN-13