In 1904, Ireland was a colony of Great Britain and the people were losing their distinctive “Irishness” through a daily barrage of English influences in their lives. The creation of a national theater, producing Irish plays by Irish authors, contributed to a Celtic Revival that awakened the soul of a people. In this course, the lives of playwrights Lady Gregory, John M. Synge and W. B. Yeats, along with Irish history, mythology and folklore will be reviewed. Students will read and discuss the four one-act plays that launched the Abbey in December 1904: Spreading the News; In the Shadow of the Glen; On Baile’s Strand; and, Kathleen Ni Houlihan (plays will be provided). 5 SESSIONS
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