The Irish Identity: Independence, History and Literature

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The Irish Identity: Independence, History and Literature


The Great Courses – The Irish Identity: Independence, History and Literature presented by                                                                   Prof. Mark Connor, PhD., Washington & Lee University. This series will be shown on Zoom on Wednesdays, from 9:30 – 10:45 AM on December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, January 6, 13, 20 & 27.


1916: James Joyce publishes A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a deeply personal reflection of his own exploration of identity, mirroring Ireland’s struggle to define its national identity.  1921: Michael Collins returns from England with a treaty by which the transition to an independent Ireland can finally begin, but back home, nationalists are extremely displeased.

These are just a few of the monumental occurrences and artistic events that rocked the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Ireland gradually shook off the shackles of British rule.


Please register by contacting the Senior Center at 978-443-3055 or [email protected] by December 1.  To participate you must be able to access Zoom via your computer, smart phone or home phone.  See Zoom information on Page 14.


Note: We will show the two 30-minute lectures each week and those who are interested can participate in a 15-minute open discussion period following the lectures.  The last two lectures shown on September 9 were # 17 & #18.  We will be showing the second half of the lecture series, Lectures 19-36 for 9 weeks.