This course will concentrate for about half the semester on the poetry and plays of W.B. Yeats and the fiction of James Joyce. The remainder of the term will be devoted to the plays of J.M. Synge, Lady Gregory, and Sean OCasey as well as one or two other writers, such as George Bernard Shaw, James Stephen, Samuel Beckett, or Seamus Heaney. Attention will be given not only to the works themselves but also to their cultural and historical contexts.pre-rec: English 101 or equivalent.