What was it that made writings of Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Brendan Behan so objectionable? This course will look at these authors, and more, in order to examine Irish novels that have faced censorship in Ireland or abroad.
Are these authors attempting to intervene in the politics of their time? Should their writings be seen as provocative or incendiary? Or are they simply trying to create art?
Through weekly readings and class discussion, each week will introduce participants to the literary contexts of the novels or authors, and to the social and political contexts of the periods in which those novels were published. The course will therefore enlighten participants both on a social and historical as well as on a literary level, thereby catering to a wide range of interests.
The course would be suited both to those wishing to learn more about Irish history and society as well as to those who are simply interested in literature of all varieties.
Courses fees: Full fee £132/Concession fee £66