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LIT 50 — Short Masterpieces of Irish Literature

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 14—Mar 17
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 27
Units: 2
Tuition: $485
Instructor(s): Charles Junkerman, Rush Rehm, Eavan Boland, William M. Chace
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 14—Mar 17
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 27
2 Units
Charles Junkerman, Rush Rehm, Eavan Boland, William M. Chace
Four friends, each with deep affection for Irish culture and decades of pleasure teaching from the Irish canon, thought it would be grand to revisit ten of their favorite short literary masterpieces in the company of a group of appreciative readers. This course is the result.

William Chace, who has written extensively on the great moderns—Yeats, Joyce, Pound, and Eliot—and who is teaching his perennially popular Ulysses course for Continuing Studies this quarter, has chosen to teach James Joyce’s “The Dead,” ten poems by Seamus Heaney, and Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark. Rush Rehm, who has produced plays by Wilde, Beckett, and Brian Friel for Stanford Repertory Theater, will teach Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and short stories by Edna O’Brien. Charles Junkerman, who has taught Yeats for years and lectured on Friel and Heaney, and will lead a walking tour of Kerry this spring, will teach ten poems by William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge’s “Riders to the Sea,” and Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. And Eavan Boland, one of the most influential contemporary Irish poets, will teach a selection of her poems, and a handful of her favorites from the Irish canon.

Charles Junkerman, Associate Provost and Dean of Continuing Studies, Stanford (1999-2018)

Charlie Junkerman received a PhD in comparative literature from UC Berkeley and has been at Stanford since 1983, teaching courses on cultural history from the Enlightenment to the present, with special interests in Emerson, Thoreau, and the American transcendentalists, and Yeats and Irish modernism. In 2009 he received the Cuthbertson Award for exceptional contributions to Stanford.

Rush Rehm, Professor of Theater & Performance Studies and of Classics, Stanford; Founder and Artistic Director, Stanford Repertory Theater

Rush Rehm received a PhD in drama and humanities from Stanford, and has written several books on Greek tragedy, including Understanding Greek Tragic Theatre, The Play of Space, and Radical Theatre: Greek Tragedy and the Modern World. For Stanford Repertory Theater’s 20th anniversary Summer Festival, he is directing his translation and adaptation of Euripides’s Hecuba and Helen.

Eavan Boland, Professor of English

Professor Boland is one of Ireland's most distinguished contemporary poets. She is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program. Her most recent books are Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in our Time and An Origin Like Water: Poems 1967-1987.

William M. Chace, Honorary Professor of English, Emeritus, Stanford; President Emeritus, Emory University

William M. Chace taught at Stanford for twenty years before becoming president of Wesleyan University (1988–1994) and then president of Emory University (1994–2003). He is the author of a number of books on literary modernism, and received a PhD from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dover Thrift (ISBN ISBN-10: 0486264785)
(Required) W.B. Yeats, Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose, Norton Critical (ISBN ISBN-10: 0393974979)
(Required) James Joyce, Dubliners, Penguin Classics (ISBN ISBN-10: 0140186476)
(Required) Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, Grove Press (ISBN ISBN-10: 080214442X)
(Required) Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (ISBN ISBN-10: 0571144799)
(Required) Edna O'Brien, The Love Object, Back Bay Books (ISBN ISBN-10: 0316378283)
(Required) Seamus Heaney, Selected Poems 1988-2013, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (ISBN ISBN-10: 9780374535612)
(Required) Seamus Deane, Reading in the Dark, Vintage International (ISBN ISBN-10: 0375700234)