Trace a line through the recurring themes present in Irish literature. Engage with works by writers such as James Joyce and W. B. Yeats. Open yourself up to examples of new Irish writing including women’s fiction. Focus in on historical and social contexts.
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This subject 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.
- Survey of Irish literary identity and nationalism since the 19th Century
- Foundation of a National Theatre
- Literary responses to key events
Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.
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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 subject 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).
- Essay 1 (35%)
- Essay 2 (40%)
- Online Discussion (25%)
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