Explore the lives of men, women and children living through war and revolution and social changes that made modern Ireland.
How do people experience war and revolution? How does political change, violence, total war, affect life in its most basic ways?
Looking at Ireland through war and revolution, this course considers these and other questions about Irish life between 1912 and 1923.
The course looks beyond the familiar names and the famous faces – the traditional histories can tell us about them. Instead, it explores how the events that shaped the nature of modern Ireland - the Great War, the Easter Rising, the Irish war of independence and civil war - were experienced by the people who lived through them or in spite of them.
Through videos, assignments and discussions, through innovative approaches, this course introduces you to the history of Ireland in one of its most tumultuous periods. Considering the choices of those who fought in all sorts of ways for all sorts of causes, looking at the continuities of everyday life, this course allows us to question our broader understanding of these years.
Looking at the intricate and complex tapestry of lives lived, often in the midst of chaos, we might begin to ask different questions of these years. Do we understand war better if we consider the motivations that took a single soldier to the front, whether that front was in Flanders or Dublin? Does our sense of the entire period change when we examine general social and cultural trends or when we investigate their effect on private lives?
Join this course as we begin to consider these and other questions.
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James Joyce by Roger Cummiskey. When we think of Ireland, we think of a country that has a rich cultural heritage. A place which seems to be bursting at the seams with poets, novelists and playwrights, who all seem to have been gifted with an incredible innate sense of storytelling and drama. If you were to check the list of Nobel Prize winners since it’s inception, you’d find that Ireland ranks eighth in terms of how many it has produced over the years. Just what is it that makes the Irish so good at writing and the creative process? The first Irish foray into literature Culturally speaking, Ireland lays claim to the fact that it has one of the oldest forms of vernacular literature in the world, with only Greek or Latin able to match it. The Irish peoples were literate from the very earliest centuries, utilising a simple writing system called “Ogham” which was a way of communicating via inscriptions on little stone tablets. One of the very first proper written Irish wor
Selected Poems from James Joyce and Me. Happy 139th Birthday Mr Joyce. 2/2/21. 2nd. February 2021 If Joyce were still alive he would be 139 years old today. Born 1882 died 13/01/1941. I would like to feature a poem written by Joyce entitled " Gas from a Burner ". 14 September 1912: Joyce started writing the poem ‘ Gas from a Burner ’ in the railway station waiting room in Flushing (Vlissingen) in the Netherlands on his way from Dublin to Trieste, and he completed it between there and Salzburg. He had it printed in Trieste and sent copies to Dublin. The poem was a broadside against his Dublin Publisher George Roberts of the firm Maunsel and Company who had turned him down over a ten year period. James Joyce composed ‘ Gas from a Burner ’ in response to learning that the printed sheets of his short story collection Dubliners had been destroyed by the printer John Falconer. The collection had already been rejected for publication on several occasions. After the inc