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The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature

Guided by great works from Yeats, Joyce, Lady Gregory, and others, discover the dazzling world of the Irish Renaissance—led by an award-winning professor.

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36 Lectures

1
Image of Roots of Irish Identity: Celts to Monks
Roots of Irish Identity: Celts to Monks
0 of 35 min
2
Image of Gaelic Ireland’s Fall: Vikings to Cromwell
Gaelic Ireland’s Fall: Vikings to Cromwell
0 of 33 min
3
Image of The Penal Laws and Protestant Ascendancy
The Penal Laws and Protestant Ascendancy
0 of 31 min
4
Image of Ireland at the Turn of the 19th Century
Ireland at the Turn of the 19th Century
0 of 31 min
5
Image of Daniel O’Connell and the Great Famine
Daniel O’Connell and the Great Famine
0 of 32 min
6
Image of The Celtic Revival
The Celtic Revival
0 of 31 min
7
Image of Shaw and Wilde: Irish Wit, London Stage
Shaw and Wilde: Irish Wit, London Stage
0 of 31 min
8
Image of W. B. Yeats and the Irish Renaissance
W. B. Yeats and the Irish Renaissance
0 of 30 min
9
Image of Yeats in the 1890s
Yeats in the 1890s
0 of 30 min
10
Image of Lady Gregory: The Woman behind the Revival
Lady Gregory: The Woman behind the Revival
0 of 29 min
11
Image of J. M. Synge and the Aran Islands
J. M. Synge and the Aran Islands
0 of 31 min
12
Image of James Joyce: Emerging Genius of Dublin
James Joyce: Emerging Genius of Dublin
0 of 31 min
13
Image of Joyce’s Dubliners: Anatomy of a City
Joyce’s Dubliners: Anatomy of a City
0 of 30 min
14
Image of The Abbey Theatre
The Abbey Theatre
0 of 29 min
15
Image of Lady Gregory as the People’s Playwright
Lady Gregory as the People’s Playwright
0 of 29 min
16
Image of Early Plays of J. M. Synge
Early Plays of J. M. Synge
0 of 29 min
17
Image of Synge’s Playboy of the Western World
Synge’s Playboy of the Western World
0 of 30 min
18
Image of The Dublin Lockout and World War I
The Dublin Lockout and World War I
0 of 31 min
19
Image of The 1916 Easter Rising
The 1916 Easter Rising
0 of 31 min
20
Image of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist
Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist
0 of 29 min
21
Image of Joyce’s Portrait as Modernist Narrative
Joyce’s Portrait as Modernist Narrative
0 of 30 min
22
Image of Yeats as the Great 20th-Century Poet
Yeats as the Great 20th-Century Poet
0 of 31 min
23
Image of Michael Collins and the War of Independence
Michael Collins and the War of Independence
0 of 30 min
24
Image of The Irish Civil War
The Irish Civil War
0 of 31 min
25
Image of Ulysses: A Greek Epic in an Irish World
Ulysses: A Greek Epic in an Irish World
0 of 31 min
26
Image of Three Episodes from Ulysses
Three Episodes from Ulysses
0 of 30 min
27
Image of Molly Bloom: Joyce’s Voice of Love
Molly Bloom: Joyce’s Voice of Love
0 of 29 min
28
Image of Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy
Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy
0 of 29 min
29
Image of Life and Legacy of Lady Gregory
Life and Legacy of Lady Gregory
0 of 30 min
30
Image of Yeats: The Tower Poems and Beyond
Yeats: The Tower Poems and Beyond
0 of 32 min
31
Image of Blasket Island Storytellers
Blasket Island Storytellers
0 of 28 min
32
Image of Finnegans Wake: Joyce’s Final Epic
Finnegans Wake: Joyce’s Final Epic
0 of 32 min
33
Image of Patrick Kavanagh: After the Renaissance
Patrick Kavanagh: After the Renaissance
0 of 31 min
34
Image of Modern Ireland in Paint and Glass
Modern Ireland in Paint and Glass
0 of 31 min
35
Image of De Valera’s Ireland: The 1930s
De Valera’s Ireland: The 1930s
0 of 32 min
36
Image of Seamus Heaney’s Poetry of Remembrance
Seamus Heaney’s Poetry of Remembrance
0 of 37 min

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k********m
September 2, 2019

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r********a
May 18, 2019
Entertaining, educational, inspiring and captivating. One of TGC's best.

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g********m
March 25, 2019
Senachai Dear Dr. Conner, As the grandson of Irish immigrants, I grew up in a family that revered the arts of storytelling. Having just finished your series on Irish Identity I have to write to tell you this: it is brilliant, and you are gifted. For every one of the 36 lectures I was fully engaged by your grasp of the story, and your presentation skills. But more than that, you have a talent for transferring an idea in a way that sticks with emotional an intellectual clarity. I am a fan of Great Courses, every educator I have shared time with is elite. Amongst these you stand out with what my grandmother Katie O’Brien called the touch of the seanchaí. I am now a fan so next up for me: your Shakespeare series! Well done sir, and thank you for sharing your gift.

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