Dublin: A Brief Literary History

Irish novelists, playwrights, and poets have forged one of the greatest bodies of literature in the English language. Discover a city, culture, and literary history that resonate to this day. This course delves into the rich influence of Irish poets, dramatists, and fiction writers of the 20th century by visiting literary museums, attending several evening theatre performances, and exploring the historical and contemporary cultural center of Ireland.

Topics include:

  • 20th century writers, such as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, and Lady Gregory
  • Site visits include the Dublin Writers Museum, James Joyce Center, Trinity College, and the Book of Kells
  • Theatre performances at the famous Abbey Theatre

Faculty member: Dr. Christine Wettlaufer-Adcock

May apply toward credit for the general education requirements in the arts and humanities,
English minor, or electives. ENGL 388J may also apply to the humanities and English major.

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing

"When I die Dublin will be written in my heart."

-James Joyce

Tentative Course Itinerary


Access online classroom: LEO; take virtual walk-through of course

Day 1 (Saturday)

First class meeting at Townhouse Hotel, Dublin

Day 2 (Sunday)

Site visits to Christ Church Cathedral, Dubilina, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Dublin Castle
On-site history lectures
Afternoon lecture
Evening visit to The Brazen Head for live Irish storytelling and dinner

Day 3 (Monday)

Morning reading and discussion
Visits to Joyce Center and Dublin Writer's Museum
On-site history lectures
Evening lecture

Day 4 (Tuesday)

Morning reading
Site visits to Trinity College, Book of Kells, The Famine Memorial, St. Stephen's Green, and the National Library
On-site history lectures
Evening lecture
Film and student poetry

Day 5 (Wednesday)

Morning reading
Bus trip to Newgrange and Hill of Tara; on-board history lecture
Evening lecture

Day 6 (Thursday)

Morning writing workshop
Site visit to National Museum and National Gallery
On-site history lectures
Evening lecture
Film and student poetry

Day 7 (Friday)

Morning reading and discussion
Lunchtime theatre performance
Evening lecture
Student poetry

Day 8 (Saturday)

Hand in assignments; depart


Complete final papers

Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMUC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions. Single rooms may be available upon request, if space allows, for an additional fee of $200.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. Students must make their own travel arrangements to the course.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Please refer to the current course syllabus found on the schedule for details about course materials.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMUC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMUC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail fieldstudies-europe@umuc.edu.

Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMUC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.