This course provides an overview of the rich heritage of modern Irish Literature. Beginning with the late 19 th century, we will read the plays of Lady Gregory and J.M. Synge and study the poetry of William Butler Yeats. Next, we will read selections from James Joyce’s short story collection, Dubliners. Finally, we will read short stories by Frank O’Connor, Mary Lavin, and Edna O’Brien, and watch a film version of Brien Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. Throughout the course, our focus will be an examination of Ireland’s political and cultural milieu, particularly the historical struggle for independence from colonization and the consolidation of an Irish national literature.