A Wildly Condensed History of 3,000 years of Irish Literature

Lecture Series Description: For an island off of an island off of the coast of Europe, Ireland has punched above its weight throughout history. In these casual illustrated discussions, we will provide an overview of Irish literature, politics and history up to the present.

Lecture Series Information: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:45 a.m., starting September 21, 2021, O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus and simulcast online via Zoom.

Lecture Series Educator:  A poet, professor and editor, David Gardiner received his degrees from University College Galway, Penn State University and his PhD from Loyola University, Chicago. He was founding editor of the international arts journal, An Sionnach, which published Van Morrison, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan, Ciaran Carson, Theo Dorgan and Eamonn Wall, among others. He has served as Burns Scholar at Boston College, Director of Irish Studies at Creighton University where, for 10 years, he directed the largest summer program at Trinity College Dublin, and as UK Arts Fellow at the University of Ulster Coleraine (Northern Ireland). He has authored more than 60 journal publications and five books, including the Salmon poetry collections Downstate (2009) and The Chivalry of Crime (2015). His forthcoming collection, Skenographia, will also be published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland.

Fee for the series: $90.00 per person

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Detailed Lecture Series Syllabus:

September 21

Where are the Irish from?

Where did the Irish come from to their small island off the west coast of Europe? This session discusses the pre-history of the various candidates among the “barbarians” of Europe as well as discussing the arts of these groups and their often bizzare depictions by the sometimes bizarre writings of their contemporaries.

September 28

Sailing to Ireland

The earliest writings in Ireland were completed by monks from both abroad and native to Ireland. This session discusses the beginnings of Irish writing and the oftentimes subversive nature of these monastic writings and how they provided a basis for later writings

October 5

The Irish Renaissance

This discussion provides an overview of those Irish writers most typically associated with the Irish Renaissance (c.1880 – 1922). The major writers of this period. Including W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, and Lady Gregory, among others.

October 12

The Counter-Renaissance and Beginnings of Irish Independence

In true Irish fashion, ever achievement deserves criticism of it. In this discussion, we will focus on the major writer, James Joyce, as well as the largely Irish Catholic and economic reaction to Yeats and his contemporaries

October 19

The Anglo-Irish Wars (1916 – 1922)

The arguments of Irish writers may not have been solved but they came into focus during the events of the 1916 Easter Rising. This early act of rebellion against the British Empire would ultimately spark the Irish War of Independence producing the Anglo-Irish Treaty one hundred years ago in 1921. This discussion will address the literature of these important events and the politics and history behind it.

October 26

A Door into Dark: Seamus Heaney and 20th Century Irish poetry

Seamus Heaney came to prominence just before the full eruption of the Anglo-Irish conflict commonly known as “The Troubles.” We will look at the work of Heaney and his peers. In doing so, what characteristics may define Irish writing from pre-history to this moment and look at the contemporary changes in the work of O’Shaughnessy Prize winner and Ireland Chair of Poetry, Paula Meehan.