Irish Literature - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (35%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,043.00

Discover the work of the major Irish writers of the early twentieth century including W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, Sean O'Casey and James Joyce. Consider these writers in relation to more recent fiction writers, including Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Lavin and Edna O'Brien. The emphasis throughout this unit is on situating the writers within their historical and cultural contexts. We also examine the role of Irish literature as a vehicle for articulating distinctive Irish identities. The major focus is on the Irish Literary Revival, the Anglo-Irish literary and dramatic traditions and the formation of the modern Irish state (1880-1940).

This unit will explore the role of Irish literature as a vehicle for articulating distinctive Irish identities and literary voices. The major focus will be on the literature of the Irish Literary Revival and the Anglo-Irish tradition during the years of emergent nationalism and the formation of the modern Irish state. We will also explore more recent cultural debates over the status of Irish literature and its relation to new writing.

  • Essay 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Survey of Irish literary identity and nationalism since the 19th Century
2Foundation of a National Theatre
3Literary responses to key events

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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