Course Books

Course 1: Oscar Wilde and Theatre

Students are invited to read the texts where possible, but can also choose to watch the many film adaptations of the works, or participate in class discussions without first reading the texts.   

Texts: Salomé; “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime”; The Importance of Being Earnest; “The Decay of Lying”; A Woman of No Importance; Lady Windermere’s Fan; De Profundis; An Ideal Husband, all available in The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde (Glasgow: Collins, 2002).

Paperback, online or Kindle editions of texts may be used, as preferred.

The following texts are available free online:

Course 2: Irish Theatre from the Eighteenth Century to Today

Students are invited to read the texts, but can also choose to participate in the discussion without first reading the plays.

Texts: Richard B. Sheridan, The School For Scandal; Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest; J.M. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World; Seán O’Casey, Juno and the Paycock; Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot; Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa; Frank McGuinness, Dolly West’s Kitchen; Marina Carr, Portia Coughlan; Deirdre Kinahan, Halcyon Days.

Paperback, online or Kindle editions of texts may be used, as preferred.

The following texts are available free online:

The following plays are available in paperback or on Kindle at Amazon:

    • Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa (Paperback: London: Faber & Faber, 2011)
    • Deirdre Kinahan, Halcyon Days (Paperback: London: Nick Hern Books, 2012)
    • Frank McGuinness, Dolly West’s Kitchen (Paperback: London: Faber & Faber, 1999)