In this class, we will study the intersection of landscape and health—mental, physical, and spiritual—using Irish writers and the Irish landscape as our models. Our class readings will range from mystical musings to autobiographical confessions to poetic celebrations. Once we have a sense of how the writers responded, we will experience first hand the “terrible beauty” of Ireland (to use W.B. Yeats’ phrase) with many class excursions on the Dingle peninsula. These trips to holy wells, sublime mountains, and rugged ocean scenes will serve as the inspiration for our own writing.
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