RCHUMS 390 - Special Period and Place Drama
Section: 001 Modern Irish Drama and Film
Term: FA 2007
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Advisory Prerequisites:
RCHUMS 280 and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A survey of 20th century Irish Drama beginning with the pioneering works of the “Irish Dramatic Movement” (Yeats, Synge and Lady Gregory) in the first years of the century, through the works of O’Casey in the 20s and beyond to the second flourishing of Irish drama in the 60s onward with such figures as Brendan Behan, Brian Friel, and Tom Murphy to Martin McDonagh and a host of other new playwrights of the 1990s. Some recent important Irish films will also be included. This course will be equally divided between lecture/discussion (with attention paid to Irish mythology, folklore, history, politics) and practical work on scenes (with workshops in verse-speaking, grotesque comedy, Irish accents, etc.). Midterm exam, individual research into playwright not covered in syllabus, an End-of-Term show presenting very recent work(s) from such exciting new playwrights as Marina Carr, Conor McPherson, or Mark O’Rowe.


  • Irish Drama, 1900-1980 — ed.s Coilin D. Owens & Joan N. Radner (CUA Press).
  • The Complete Plays — J. M. Synge (Vintage)
  • A Reader’s Guide to Modern Irish Drama — Sanford Sternlicht (Syracuse).

RCHUMS 390 - Special Period and Place Drama
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001 (SEM)
9RC Ugrd
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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