For the Fall 2021 term, we're offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.
Contemporary Irish poetry is among the richest and most diverse in the world. Irish poets write from the perspectives of rural, suburban, and urban lives, portraying familial ties, intimacies, and disturbances, and addressing the influx of new people and ideas to Ireland. Among other themes, we will examine how contemporary Irish poets respond to the challenges of living in an era and a world increasingly disconnected from the traditions and perspectives that shaped life and thought in former times.
Six sessions. Registration – $210
Joseph Heininger is a professor of English at Dominican University. His interests include modern and contemporary Irish and English poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as philosophy and religious studies. He is currently working on a study of modern Irish elegies.
Wes Davis, An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry (Harvard University Press, 2013). ISBN: 978-0-674-07222-0
Jane Clarke, The River (Bloodaxe Books, 2015) ISBN: 978-1-78037-253-2.
There is no first reading assignment.