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Modern Irish Novel
"What the symbols of the new Irish writers are we cannot tell," Sean O'Faolain observed in 1936: "Perhaps they are not so much symbols as typical characters, significant situations." Using as an essential point of departure (and an occasional point of return) James Joyce's image of the sensitive individual in conflict with the values of repressive Irish society, this course will trace the thematic and the technical developments of the Irish novel during the twentieth century. Focusing on a variety of representative authors and texts, the course will consider the novels with reference to their political, social, cultural, and literary contexts.