Irelands Edge: Ireland's Island and Gaeltacht Culture
This course, led by Professor Tara MacLeod, explores the culture, heritage and literature of the Aran Islands, an Irish speaking Island off Ireland's west coast. The unique island culture has long attracted authors and artists: JM Synge, P.H. Pearse and Martin Mc Donagh among them. Responding to external depictions, islanders such as Liam O' Flaherty, Máirtín Ó Díreán and Dara Ó Conghaile have created a native island literature. Students will learn about island life, culture, traditions, historic buildings and sights and efforts to modernize the island economy. Reading a selection of poems, short stories, plays, novels this course deconstructs the competing and conflicting images of the island.