Irish Literary Renaissance: Thomas Davis and James Clarence Mangan
The Roots of the Irish Literary Renaissance
While the Irish Literary Renaissance or Revival from approximately 1885-1940 is famous for world-famous authors W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) and James Joyce (1882-1941), its roots lie deeper in the nineteenth century in the 1840s of the Young Ireland movement. In this class you will discover how Thomas Davis (1814-45), the Trinity College Dublin patriot and founder of The Nation newspaper, and the opium-addicted poet James Clarence Mangan (1803-49) fired up cultural nationalism. They attempted to awaken the spirit of the nation with poems and ballads such as “The West’s Awake” and “Dark Rosaleen,” and, most famously, “A Nation Once Again.”
2 Zoom sessions. Mondays, 6:30 – 7:45 pm. February 7 – 14, 2022.
Class fee: $75
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You may also enjoy the article A History of Irish Literature: 1800-2020: A View from the Mississippi by the instructor, Dr. Patrick O’Donnell.