Irish Literature: In Darkness and Light

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Irish Literature: In Darkness and Light

Program Dates:

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

English Language and Literature , Creative Writing , Psychology

Course Description:
Explore the darker and lighter sides of Irish literature on site in Ireland. This class delves into both the darker writing of Irish Gothic writers (like Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde) and the lighter and satirical literature of Irish authors like Jonathan Swift. Gain insights into the literature while traveling through the inspirational Irish countryside and sampling the popular culture of Ireland in pubs and concerts, cathedrals and castles. By immersing yourself in the cultural and physical environment of modern Ireland, you will deepen your understanding of the conditions that resulted in the glorious Irish literary tradition.

Completion of a first year college English course.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Students should expect to walk up to 4 miles per day.

Course Highlights:
Immersion into the physical and cultural environment of modern Ireland Visit castles, churches, and landscapes that are often highlighted in Irish literature Read and discuss popular works by Irish writers like Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde that explore the gothic tradition, fantasy, satire, and the human condition found in Irish literature This course is designed for and open to all students and majors Earn 3 credit hours in only two weeks