|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
Irish Literature and Culture
- Course Number: ENGL 150
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- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 150
- Quarter: Summer B 2017
This course will consider how a whole series of wishes, lies, dreams, and stereotypes about Ireland and the Irish were invented and believed. Ireland, like California, is a territory on the western edge of a continent about which whole mythologies have grown up.
In Ireland’s case, these mostly have to do with the supposed mystery of the place, its romantic and mythic connotations, or its violence, or its long bitter history. Who invented these versions of the place, and whose interests do they serve? Why do people continue to believe them? How many have they changed? We will consider how one small country has been imagined as “other” (as wild, strange, dangerous, fanatic) and how the Irish themselves both reinforce and oppose these self-images.
We will examine how some of the most important Irish writers in this century–W.B. Yeats in his poetry, James Joyce in Ulysses, J.M. Synge in “The Playboy of the Western World,” Eavan Boland in her poems to her daughters–have questioned what it means to be Irish. In representing versions of Irishness they take up issues — national identity, political violence, the rights of women, the role of religion, the effects of modernization — that matter not only to the Irish, but to all people.