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EN 161: Irish Literature (Marion White)

English 161


Research assignment: 4 ½ – 5 pp. on Seamus Deane’s novel Reading in the Dark, Seamus Heaney’s Part Two, Section VII of Station Island, pp.77-80, and Heaney's poem "Casualty" from his collection Field Work (1979). Requirement: three secondary sources (peer reviewed) with annotations.

These works center on the sectarian violence in Derry, North of Ireland during the mid-20th century and its impact on family life.



Welcome to the online guide for Professor Marion White's English 161: Irish Literature course. You'll find here links for helping you to getting starting with your research assignment, including guidance on how to find background sources, books, and journal articles.


Free Derry Corner, Bogside, Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

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