Study Abroad courses offered at Wroxton College in England
ENGL3410 - Modern Novels on the Screen - Works by five
major 20th century novelists, J. Conrad, The Heart of Darkness, E. M. Forster, A
Room with a View, D. H. Lawrence, Women in Love, Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited,
and John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman. A close critical study of the novels
goes hand in hand with an analysis of screen adaptations, including looking at the
different possibilities and limitations of the two media. This course falls into
Group IV on the major. Three hours.
ENGL3421 - Not of an Age but for all Time - An exploration
of the ways in which plays of the 16th and 17th centuries reach out to us today
through an examination of the relationship between text and performance. As such,
the main thrust of the course will be an appreciation of plays in performance. Particular
reference will be made to plays being presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company
at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. This course, which falls into Group II
on the major, may not be substituted for ENGL 311. Students may not receive credit
for both this course and 76EN417. Three hours.
ENGL3422 - The Play's the Thing - This course provides
an exciting and stimulating opportunity for students to explore the work of Shakespeare
through an examination of the relationship between text and performance. As such
the main thrust of the course will be an appreciation of plays in performance. The
course will focus upon plays in the Royal Shakespeare Company's season in Stratford-upon-Avon.
This course, which falls into Group II on the major, may not be substituted for
either ENGL 311 or 312. Three hours.
ENGL3424 - To Hold the Mirror Up to Nature - The course
will trace how actors, directors and designers work on a text, with particular reference
to productions staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The potential for a variety
of interpretations will be explored further through analysis of film and television
productions of the play. This course falls into Group IV on the major. Three hours.
ENGL3466 - Three 19th-Century Writers - The Victorians
enjoyed narrative. Through the study of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Shirley,
George Elliot's Mill on the Floss and Scenes of Clerical Life and Thomas Hardy's
Tess of the d'Urbervilles and The Major of Casterbridge, the course considers how
reality is constructed by each author, and examines such social issues as class
and gender. This course falls into Group II on the major. Three hours.
ENGL3467 - 18th Century Literature - This course looks
at novels, poetry, and shorter fiction where one finds many kinds of satire, philosophical
ideas, and sentiment, making up a rich picture of eighteenth century life. Focuses
upon the works of Pope, Swift, DeFoe, Johnson, and Voltaire. This course falls into
Group II on the major. Three hours.
Study Abroad courses offered at the Irish College for the Humanities in Ireland
ICHEN201 - Survey of Irish Literature - In many ways,
Irish literature stands at the very center of many developments in the history of
literature written in English. From Swift to Yeats and Shaw and from Joyce to Heaney,
Ireland has produced a wealth of great and important writers. This course examines
the contribution of Irish writers to world literature and explores both the common
legacy and the particular Irish qualities that have shaped and formed this unique
body of literature. This course counts as an elective toward the English major or
minor. Three hours.
ICHEN204 - European Literature 1 - This course examines
many of Europe's masterworks in drama, poetry, prose and fiction. It offers a comprehensive
consideration of Europe's verbal civilization from the first literary and philosophical
beginnings through the Renaissance. Three hours.
ICHEN205 - European Literature 2 - This course examines
many of Europe's masterworks in drama, poetry, prose and fiction. It offers a comprehensive
consideration of Europe's verbal civilization from the Enlightenment to the 20th
century. Three hours.
ICHEN301 - Modern Irish Literature - Ireland is famous
for its writers and particularly those in the fields of modern poetry and drama.
In drama, Shaw, Wilde, Synge, O'Casey, O'Faolain, Friel, O'Flaherty and Beckett
present a list of unsurpassed literary quality, whilst in poetry Yeats, Kavanagh,
Mac Niece, Paulin, Ni Domhnall and Heaney are merely the cream of a very fine crop
of Irish poets. Works including John Bull's Other Island, The Playboy of the Western
World, The Shadow of a Gunman, Krapp's Last Tape, Dancing at Lughnasa and The Informer
will all be studied, along with a selection of poetry reflecting the contemporary
concerns of the individual poets. This course counts as an elective toward the English
major or minor. Three hours.
ICHEN302 - Irish Folklore and Myths - Perhaps more than
in most other cultures, myth and mythology still occupy a major position in Irish
life. Even the names of the main political parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, look
back into the mists of history with all the attendant associations they conjure
up in the minds of an electorate that still learns the legends of Ireland as an
integral part of the school curriculum. This course investigates the historical
and romantic basis of the main legends and examines the way in which events described
in the T�in B� Cuailgne, the Legend of Fionn MacCiomhaill, C�chulainn, the Children
of Lir, Oisin, T�r na n�g and other stories still exert an influence on Irish life
today and the way in which they have been harnessed in both a literary and historical
context in order to further the political and cultural aims of groups like the Young
Irelanders, the Gaelic League and even the Ulster Defense Association. It also relates
the mythology of Ireland to the mythology of other countries, illustrating shared
interests in different lands. This course counts as an English elective from Group
II on the major. Three hours.
ICHEN303 - The Short Story in Irish Literature - Irish
literature has a rich and varied history, including outstanding contributions to
drama, poetry, the novel and essay writing. If there is one genre, however, which
is most closely associated with Ireland since independence, it would be the art
of the short story. All the important issues in modern Ireland, from abortion and
divorce to the Northern conflict and emigration, have been covered by major writers,
and often these have come to be seen as the focal expression of these problems.
As such, writers still enjoy a prominence and readership in Ireland which bestows
upon them huge influence and importance. This course analyzes the relationship between
the developing State and the short story and examines the internal developments
which have taken place in terms of style and form and also the responsibilities
of writers, whether actual or perceived. Authors studied will include Joyce, Behan,
O'Faolain, Friel, O'Connor, na Gopaleen, Plunkett, McLaverty, Leonard, Lavin, O'Flaherty
and Trevor. This course counts the same as ENGL 233. Three hours.
ICHEN310 - Irish Language and Literature - This course
explores how the Irish have expressed themselves in all forms of media from painting
and sculpture to fiction, poetry, drama, music and pottery. It looks at how a bilingual
culture relates the two polarities to the center and the influence the Irish and
English language traditions have had on each other. Visits to museums, galleries,
theatre, concerts and poetry workshops will be included as part of the class. Interdisciplinary.
This course counts as an elective for the English major or minor. Three hours.
ICHEN318 - Yeats and Joyce - Yeats and Joyce, the epigones
of modernism and post-modernism, are often considered to be at opposite ends of
the critical spectrum, where Yeats inhabits a traditional place and Joyce stands
for renewal. In this course we will consider Ireland's two most important authors
together, as both form part of an Irish and, indeed, European tradition. Counts
on the major/minor in English and the minor in Irish studies. Three hours. Mr. van
ICHEN320 - Fiction Writing Workshop - This course is designed
to help you liberate your imagination. In our increasingly technological world,
we are often discouraged from using our imagination. The aim of this course is to
give students a sense of how Irish writers use the rhythms of their landscape, the
sounds of their spoken language, and the complexities of their tumultuous history
to write short stories, poetry, and novels. By studying Irish writing in Ireland,
students will be encouraged to see, hear, and feel as Irish writers and to use this
experience in their own writing. Students will be expected to read, critique, and
write fiction. This course counts the same as ENGL 444 or ENGL 445.
ICHEN390 - Irish Literature - Irish literature is one
of the richest literary traditions in the world, including a number of figures whom,
it may be claimed, have shaped the course of literary history worldwide. The list
of great writers who have their origins in Ireland is long and distinguished, and
this course examines the history of Irish literature from the time of Jonathan Swift
to the present. Drama, poetry, the novel, and the short story will be studied, covering
authors as diverse as Swift, Yeats, Synge, Joyce, Behan, Shaw, Wilde, Beckett, Friel,
Kennelly, Trevor and Heaney. Their writings will be examined in relation to the
context in which they were produced and with regard to their influence on later
authors. A number of associated trips will be undertaken, including visits to Dingle
and Listowel, the home of many of Ireland's great living writers. Leading Irish
writers will contribute to the course through guest lectures and workshops. This
course counts as an elective toward the English major or minor. Three hours.