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The Giants of Irish Literature: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett by George O'Brien

The Giants of Irish Literature: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett

by George O'Brien

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Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett: These four masters of Irish literature created works of startling innovation and unparalleled literary merit. They defied popular expectations and confounded critics with unique masterpieces that one might think of as puzzles, the solution of which lies at the heart of the modern age. Understanding the works of these greats, all associated to some degree with the Irish Literary Revival, is fundamental not only to a richer appreciation of Irish literature, but to a better comprehension of modern literature in all its manifestations, for these authors struggled with the idea of modernity and all it entailed, and the fruits of their struggle stand as monuments to the remarkable capacity of literary imagination. Renowned professor George O'Brien of Georgetown University provides the biographical background of these authors and an in-depth analysis of their greatest works. In the course of these lectures, O'Brien discusses the very qualities that set these works apart and the "Irishness" that characterizes each of them.

Lecture 1 Out of Ireland

Lecture 2 Oscar Wilde: Critic as Artist, Artist as Critic

Lecture 3 Oscar Wilde: Social Comedian

Lecture 4 The Life of Sebastian Melmoth

Lecture 5 W.B. Yeats: From the Celtic Twilight

Lecture 6 W.B. Yeats: The National Poet

Lecture 7 W.B. Yeats: The Triumph of Failure

Lecture 8 James Joyce: The Dublin Writer

Lecture 9 James Joyce: The European Writer

Lecture 10 James Joyce: The Universal Writer

Lecture 11 Samuel Beckett: The Absurdist

Lecture 12 Beckett and the Novel

Lecture 13 Samuel Beckett: "Fail Again. Fail Better."

Lecture 14 Tradition and Its Discontents

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