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Reading Dublin (One City One Book)

This course is designed to tie in with events in the Dublin: One City, One Book festival April 2019 culminating in reading the 2019 selected title, Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls,  a  novel dealing with a young women’s experience in the Ireland of the 1950s chosen as part of Dublin: One City, One Book festival. Alongside this novel we will read other selected short stories and excerpts from novels which have previously been selected as One City One Book choices  such as James Plunkett’s Strumpet City, James Joyce's Dubliners, Sebastian Barry’s A Long Long Way and the anthology If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song. The focus of the course will be to consider these as specifically Dublin books, showing different aspects and histories of the city. The course will consider the changing place of Dublin in literature and examine different ways the city has been represented by writers.  

 

No previous or special knowledge of literature is required, just an enjoyment of reading. All titles are available to borrow from Dublin City libraries in multiple copies.

Dates Schedule Time Venue/Location Fee €
03 Apr 2019 to 24 Apr 2019 Sessions: 4
PEARSE STREET LIBRARY, 138 – 144 PEARSE STREET, DUBLIN 2
4 Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
Apr 3, 10, 17, 24
10:30 PEARSE STREET LIBRARY, 138 – 144 PEARSE STREET, DUBLIN 2

100.00

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PEARSE STREET LIBRARY, 138 – 144 PEARSE STREET, DUBLIN 2

4 Wednesdays     10.30am – 12.30pm

Apr 3, 10, 17, 24

 

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls

James Plunkett’s Strumpet City

James Joyce's Dubliners

Sebastian Barry’s A Long Long Way

The anthology If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song

Garrett Fagan has taught at universities in Dublin and at Warwick University in the UK. He has interests in Renaissance literature, legal - literary relations and Anglo Irish writing.

At the end of the course students should be able to:

• Be aware of the richness and diversity of Dublin’s literary heritage

• Be aware of the historical and political and social contexts that Dublin’s literature grew out of and responded to.

• Have an understanding of how literature can relate to social and political contexts in which it is produced or performed

• Be aware of how a given text relates to a literary tradition

• Confidently talk about their response to any given text they might read and to deploy the correct terminology

• Have an increased understanding of the sorts of conversations and insights it is possible to have about literature through literary analysis

• Be able to identify and comment on genre, form and literary conventions in the works studied

• Discussion.

• Participative group work.

• Short Audio/ video clips

• Short tutor presentations,

• Short student presentations.

• Field trip to Dublin Writers Museum/ Attendance at events associated with the One City One Book festival.

Those interested in combining an interest and enjoyment of reading with finding out more about the culture and literature of Ireland.