Most of my academic energy these days is turning towards spring semester; fall is wrapping up, and both of my classes seem reasonably well in hand for getting through the last few weeks. I'm excited about the colonial/post-colonial class I'll be teaching in the spring -- this is a new one for me, and it's going to be fun adding a bit of Ireland to my teaching. Dubliners, certainly -- not sure what else. Any recommendations for good post-colonial Irish texts, especially poems or other shorter works, would be greatly appreciated. I also need to find some good colonial history to use as background; most of what I've read is British-empire specific, and I'd really rather find something that also touched on French, Dutch, etc. Suggestions?
Got to get back to grading; this is the last big batch before the end of the semester. We're so close to done -- I can taste the holidays coming around the corner... I love teaching, but I'm going to love sleeping more, I'm pretty sure. For a week, at least. :-)