2016 marked the Centennial of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland, when Irish rebels (or patriots) fought to wrest control of the island from the British. A largely unpopular rebellion was transformed by Britain's decision to execute its leaders into a central mythology of Irish history. This course explores reactions at the time, through poems of W.B. Yeats, who knew and was involved with the rebels, to more contemporary accounts like Roddy Doyle's "awful Irish story" of A Star Called Henry. Movies also make a powerful contribution to the discussion - like Michael Collins (starring Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts) and The Wind That Shakes the Barley (with Cillian Murphy). Exploration of conflicts that surround the 2016 commemoration will help you understand the divisions that still exist in Ireland today.