Irish Drama: John Millington Synge
Synge: the Heart of the Irish Literary Renaissance
This online course is focused on three important plays by Edmund John Millington Synge: Riders to the Sea, In the Shadow of the Glen, and The Playboy of the Western World. Students will need to read these three plays.
3 Zoom sessions. Thursdays. 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm. February 9 – 23.
Class Fee: $75
- Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of CJAC’s Education Program of your registration.
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This online course is focused on three important plays by John Millington Synge. More than any other playwright of the early years of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Synge’s dramatic work has stood the test of time. Like a brilliant meteor flashing across an Irish night sky, in the seven short years before his untimely death in 1909, Synge produced a body of work that is unparalleled in world dramatic literature. In this class, students will have an opportunity to learn about Synge the man, and also read and discuss three of his greatest works: Riders to the Sea, In the Shadow of the Glen, and The Playboy of the Western World. No playwright has so accurately and poetically captured the Irish and Ireland in the early 20th century. Few playwrights have received so much scorn and so many accolades as J. M. Synge. Join us to find out why!
Students will need to make arrangements to read Riders to the Sea, In the Shadow of the Glen, and The Playboy of the Western World. Several anthologies of Synge’s work can be found on Amazon and eBay for under ten dollars. Free, online copies of Synge’s plays are available at Project Gutenberg.