The Modernist Genius of George Moore


Understanding the Irish Literary Revival. Widely considered the least known genius and chief trouble-maker of the Irish Literary Revival (approximately 1885-1945), George Moore (1852-1933) – saturated in Russian and French artistic thinking – brilliantly convulsed and transformed Irish literature. As a dramatist, he collaborated and fought with W. B. Yeats. As a novelist and robust critic of Irish complacency, he was almost a “surrogate” literary father providing artistic and intellectual models for James Joyce, particularly with the groundbreaking short story collection, The Untilled Field (1903) that influenced Dubliners (1914). This short course will place the genius of Moore both within his European and Irish social, political and cultural contexts. It will pay particular attention to his years in Paris and his importing of critical realism from French models into the cultural space of Ireland. The course is ideal for anyone wishing to understand one of the great figures responsible for laying the foundations for the genius of James Joyce.

3 sessions. Mon 8:00-9:30 p.m. April 6, 13, 20.

Class Fee: $54

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Dr. Patrick O’Donnell at education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 

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