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Exploring the West of Ireland

ENGL 388
Dingle, Ireland
Prof. Marc Conner

This course spends four weeks in the southwest of Ireland, based in Dingle, County Kerry. From here we visit and study the dramatic Irish landscape of the Dingle Peninsula and the Irish Southwest. We focus primarily on sites associated with the great 20th-century Irish writers, such as Yeats’s tower of Thoor Ballylee, Lady Gregory’s estate of Coole Park, and the Aran Islands so beloved of J. M. Synge. We read a range of Irish literature, from medieval poetry and mythic saga to the great achievements of the Irish Revival, such as the poetry of Yeats and the plays of Synge, and also work from more recent Irish writers such as Heaney and O’Brien.


Our Blogger: Wesleigh Vick

Wesleigh Vick is a junior English major with a minor in Classics from Raleigh, North Carolina. She loves studying American (especially Southern) literature, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Southern literature after graduating next May. She is a captain of the Washington and Lee women’s basketball team and the chapter historian for Pi Beta Phi.

“I took this course because it helps fulfill my English Major requirements, but also because James Joyce is one of the most influential novelists of the 20th century and a master of language. Even though I discovered after signing up for the course that it doesn’t focus on Joyce, I am eager to immerse myself in the literature of another country in the small town of Dingle.”

  • Class Year: 2016
  • Major(s): English
  • Hometown: Raleigh, NC
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