Susan Jaret McKinstry, Professor of English
Susan Jaret McKinstry teaches courses on Victorian poetry and novels, narrative theory, literary criticism, Jane Austen, and creative writing. She directed the Carleton London seminar in 1998 and 2004.
Two Courses in English literature are normally required. English 249 (Irish Literature) is strongly suggested.
The program will spend a week in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo on Ireland's West Coast, a month in Dublin, and a month in Belfast.
COURSE OF STUDY, 16 CREDITS
English 291-07: Representing Ireland (4 Credits) S/Cr/NC
Students will design an independent project using research, writing, and images to supplement the courses and display their knowledge of Irish literature and culture.
Instructor: Susan Jaret McKinstry
English 349-07: Ireland in Place (6 Credits)
The course explores Irish culture, history, politics, and art through a study of modern and contemporary Irish literature. In Mayo, the group will read classic Irish poetry and short stories, including works by W.B. Yeats and Seamus O'Kelly; in Dublin, students will read Joyce (see below), as well as works by Dubliners Frank O'Connor, Eavan Boland, Patrick Kavanah, and others; in Belfast, students will read contemporary Belfast writers including Seamus Heaney, Ciaran Carson, Glenn Patterson, Seamus Deane, and Brian Friel. The group will meet with writers in Belfast and Dublin, as well as attend plays, readings, and lectures.
Instructor: Susan Jaret McKinstry
English 384-07: James Joyce's Ulysses and Dubliners (6 Credits)
James Joyce wanted "to write a novel about Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth, it could be reconstructed out of my book." did he succeed? Students will study Ulysses with Professor Declan Kiberd, an internationally renowned expert on Joyce and Irish literature, editor of the Penguin edition of Ulysses, and author of two major critical studies: Inventing Ireland and Irish Classics.
Instructors: Declan Kiberd & Susan Jaret McKinstry
Students will be housed in self-catering accommodations in all locations: cottages in County Mayo, dorms at Queen's University Belfast and at Trinity College Dublin.
Arrangements are being made with Trinity College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast for the use of libraries, classrooms, and administrative services.
Classes will normally meet Monday through Thursday mornings. Lectures, readings, trips, and plays may be scheduled at other times.
Group excursions are likely to include trips to Newgrange, Powerscourt, the Aran Islands, literary sites in Dublin, the Belfast murals, Giants Causeway, Derry, and the Stone Circle of Beltany. In addition, students will attend plays at the Abbey and Gate Theatres in Dublin, the Feile an Phobail West Belfast festival, and other arts events. There will be ample opportunity for individual travel and exploration within Ireland over weekends and during mid-term break.
Students pay the 2009-10 Carleton comprehensive fee, which covers the costs of instruction, room, board, and all scheduled excursions. Students are responsible for the cost of books, personal expenses, transportation to and from Ireland, and personal travel during the seminar. Carleton summer term programs carry financial aid. See the Off-Campus Studies Office for further information regarding work-study contracts, loans, and other subjects on financial aid.
REQUIRED LEAVE OF ABSENCE
The Carleton Ireland program functions as a Carleton term of the academic year. Participants are normally required to take a leave of absence during the following winter term 2010; juniors should consult with the program director to plan their comps process.
Applications forms are available from the Office of Off-Campus Studies, Leighton 119, or on the OCS website for Ireland summer 2009.
Completed applications are due to Susan Jaret McKinstry on or before Friday, January 16, 2009. Notice of acceptance will be given before registration for spring term.
There will be an information meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 at 4:30 in Laird 211.
Students are invited to discuss their interest in the Ireland program with: