A Tale of Two Cities: London, Dublin and the Irish Literary Revival

A Tale of Two Cities: London, Dublin and the Irish Literary Revival

Between about 1870 and 1921, the cities of London and Dublin were an urban axis for a resurgence of Irish writing, now known as the Literary Revival. Literature and drama in English and Irish was written, published, performed, read and discussed by a generation of writers who lived in and worked between these two cities.

This five week course (2hrs per class) will present some of the key Irish writing and writers from this period.  It will allow you to explore how the real locations and the ones imagined combined to produce a potent national narrative for a distinctive Irish cultural identity during a crucial period of Anglo-Irish relations.

Each week, the class will consist of a lecture and a seminar discussion about a writer, a work and an issue to introduce you to the current scholarship on this period. Although not formally assessed, you will be expected to read for each week’s classes.  A reading list will be provided in September.

Writers to be discussed include W.B. Yeats, Augusta Gregory, Somerville & Ross, G.B. Shaw, Padraic O Conaire,  and George Moore.

Classes Wednesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm starting 24 October until 21 November 2018.

Fee £65 (10hrs of contact time).

Tutor: Prof. Lance Pettitt is an Associate Research Fellow and Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London.


24/31 October

7/14/21 November

Download Reading List here:

ReadingListTale of Two Cities copy