ENGL 256

New Writing from Ireland and Scotland

Prerequisite: First-year students with permission. This course introduces students to the extraordinary vitality of the contemporary Irish and Scottish literary scenes. We will focus on competing visions of Ireland and Scotland and what it means to be “Irish” or “Scottish” today, the growing dialogue between the two cultures, and the role of literature in responding to, and at times promoting, social and political change. All works will be read in English. Close reading, various interpretive strategies, and research skills will be stressed. III.O, V.2