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Romantic Ireland

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Dublin, Ireland
Course # SA 10341
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2019 06/15/19 to 07/05/19

Program Leader

Name Maren Linett

Program Description

In the first part of the 20th century, much of the best British literature was actually written by Irish writers. This 3-week 6-credit program introduces students to the flowering of modern Irish literature, including fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will read and discuss humorous, irreverent, highly political, and often profound works by writers such as James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, Sean O’Casey, Augusta Gregory, Eva Gore-Booth, Katharine Tynan, Oscar Wilde, Maeve Brennan, and Elizabeth Bowen. In addition, we will visit key Dublin literary and historical sites such as the Dublin Writers Museum, the Parnell Monument, The James Joyce Centre, Trinity College Library, and the Abbey Theater. We will have a day trip to beautiful County Wicklow and a 3 day trip to the west of Ireland, including Galway and Sligo. And finally, we will spend a few evenings at Dublin and Galway pubs listening to seisiúin, or traditional Irish music sessions. Students will write analytical, reflective, and/or creative papers. Active participation is required. 


We will be staying at beautiful, centrally located Trinity College Dublin! 


Learning objectives:

  • Gain familiarity with Irish culture
  • Gain awareness of students’ own cultural grounding
  • Learn about modern Irish history including the Irish revival, the Anglo-Irish war, the Irish Civil War, and contemporary Irish history
  • Gain capacity to analyze modern Irish literature, including plays, poetry, and fiction
  • Understand the complex role of gender in Irish literature, history, and culture
  • Gain capacity to relate examples of Irish literature to Irish culture and history
  • Produce and polish a variety of types of writing, such as analytical, responsive, and creative


 Here is the website our partner company World Strides has made for our program.

Academic Credit

 6 credit, 3-week program consisting of the following courses:

  •   English 360: Gender and Literature (3 credits)
  •   English 414: Studies in Literature and Culture (3 credits)



Students from any major may participate.

Program Cost

$5100, plus airfare and most meals. You may be eligible for a Purdue Moves scholarship. 

World Strides also offers 2 $500 scholarships to students in each program. They also offer a Passport to Travel scholarship of $1000 for the program--we can distribute it among the first ten people to sign up or do a drawing and award two more $500 scholarships! And finally, if we have 15 students signed up 110 days before departure, we get another $500 toward the program (we could spend that on a nice dinner in Dublin or another outing).

Application Deadline

February 15, 2019

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