Teaching Irish Romanticism

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2017
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Teaching Romanticism--Romantic Textualities

In her 2014 A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829, Claire Connolly declares that a major aim is, and must be, ‘to restore seriousness and nuance to our understanding of the Irish fiction of the romantic period’, which her criticism seeks to achieve by ‘refus[ing] or at least redirect[ing] readings that treat the novels as so many failed efforts to contain the hectic world of early nineteenth-century Ireland’ (Connolly 1).  Drawing on a long line of criticism that looks at Irish fiction of the romantic period as failed or somehow lacking, Connolly attempts to reframe the discussion of Irish fiction, and Irish literature more broadly, in a context that treats it less as failed or ‘impossible’, to borrow from Maria Edgeworth’s assessment.  This special issue of Teaching Romanticism will focus on Irish Romanticism.  How do we, as scholars, approach this narrative of an ‘impossible’ Irish literature during the romantic period?  Has your teaching reshaped, refused, or redirected readings of Irish literature from the romantic period?


We seek 300-800 word entries on approaches to teaching special topics in Irish romanticism.  These can focus on any aspect of the field and can take various approaches to teaching techniques.


Suggested topics include:

  • Irish Bardic and Minstrel Tradition

  • The City in Irish Romanticism

  • Romantic Women Writers

  • Continental Connections in Irish Romanticism

  • Labouring-Class Poets

  • The Irish Gothic

  • The Irish Historical Novel

  • The French Revolution and Irish Romanticism

  • Music and Irish Romanticism

  • The Irish Language and Romanticism

  • Any other relevant topic


Please submit your entry to matthewreznicek@creighton.edu by 31 January 2017 as a .doc or a .docx.