The Ways We Read: Different Theories of Literature A Residential Course on Literature with Professor Mary McCay
Fee: 1,400 euros (includes tuition, meals and accommodation)
Claire Keegan is honoured to be hosting Professor Mary McCay’s six-day course exploring the different perspectives on both the critical and the creative processes involved in understanding literature and in creating it.
As an undergraduate in New Orleans, Claire Keegan was inspired to write by Professor McCay, who opened up the world of literature and its possibilities through her teaching and mentorship. Claire will be attending and making significant contributions to this course daily.
This course will introduce different ways in which reading creative works changed as different critical theories developed, and it will help writers focus on how they hone their own creative processes. We will discuss how the silenced voices of women and minorities challenged the canon and how we as writers are influenced not only by personal experience, but also by larger political and social movements. We read and write, not in an attic room but in a large and complex changing world.
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Novels: Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Billy Budd, a novella by Herman Melville
Plays: Hamlet, by William Shakespeare Equus, by Peter Shaffer My Beautiful Laundrette, by Hanif Kureishi Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? By Edward Albee
Essays: “What Is an Author?” Michel Foucault “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” Langston Hughes “A Queer Encounter: Sociology and the Study of Sexuality” Steven Epstein “The Meaning of the Phallus” Jacques Lacan ”The Archetype of Literature” Northrop Frye “Tradition and Individual Talent” by TS Eliot “One Is Not Born a Woman” by Monique Wittig “The Laugh of Medusa” by Helene Cixous
Claire Keegan’s January 2022 residential writing course in Tullow, as well as her September 2021 workshop on the short “Loss and the Short Story”, are now fully booked! However, writers and readers are welcome to get in contact with Monica at ClaireKeeganFictionClinic@gmail.com to place their names on the waiting list.
Due to a cancellation, one space has become available in the August 2021 “The Short Story and the Novel” workshop. If you would like to book a spot, please get in contact!
This residential course is designed for writers of any level working in any genre who would like to begin the new year by immersing themselves in writing and studying how reading works. Participants will arrive and be welcomed early on the morning of January 2nd for an introductory session. The rest of that morning and all other mornings will be dedicated to participants’ own writing. In the afternoons, Claire will lecture on aspects of writing and literature using published works, a list of which will be forwarded to all participants in November. Everyone will depart after lunch on January 6th.
Please note that the venue is an old convent with a very pleasant atmosphere. The accommodation is no frills but all bedrooms are en-suite, and meals are home cooked. All meals for the 5 days and 4 nights’ accommodation are included in the fee.
Please note also that no phones will be allowed in the writing spaces. If you cannot sit and write without your phone, you are welcome to write in your room or look for another space in the centre. Even if your phone is turned off, I will ask that you please leave it elsewhere. You might like to bring your printer. If you are unable to sit and write for a few hours in the morning without your phone, you are, of course, free to leave the writing space and check messages, etc. But we must respect the quiet space and not disrupt others. If you are using your laptop, we ask that you turn off all WiFi while at work. No dings or pings please! The aim of this residential course, in part, is to get away from all outside communication, and concentrate on your writing until lunchtime every day. And what you write is entirely up to you. No one will be asked to read aloud from their own work.
To book a place or ask for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to make contact with Teach Bhride if you have questions about their facilities. There is ample parking. An infrequent Bus Eireann service (Route 132) runs between Dublin and Tullow. The centre is a 5-minute walk from town, located beside the RC chapel.
Trinity College Dublin and Pembroke College Cambridge are delighted to announce that Claire Keegan is the 2021 Briena Staunton Visiting Fellow. The fellowship has been generously endowed by Clinical Professor in Radiology James Meaney in memory of his aunt, Briena Staunton. Following an agreement between the two colleges, a leading international writer, nominated alternately by Trinity and Pembroke, will spend a month writing and supporting students in Dublin or Cambridge. This year Trinity nominated Claire Keegan, an international award-winning short-story writer, who will spend March 2021 in Cambridge.
Claire is an Irish writer whose stories have been published in English by Faber & Faber, have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, Best American Stories, won numerous awards – and are translated into 17 languages. She is internationally renowned as a teacher of creative writing.
Claire’s debut collection of stories, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. The Observer called these stories: ‘Among the finest recently written in English’. It was also awarded the William Trevor Prize, judged by William Trevor.
In 2007, her second collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to huge critical acclaim and went on to win The Edge Hill Prize for the strongest collection published in The British Isles. The prize was adjudicated by Hilary Mantel.
Foster (2010) won The Davy Byrnes Award, then the world’s richest prize for a story. It was judged by Richard Ford: “Keegan is a rarity-someone I will always want to read’.”
We are sorry to announce that all courses and events for the year 2020 have been cancelled in order to comply with government guidelines. We hope to see you at the residential course in January 2021. Stay safe.