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|Assessment length / details
|Essay (2000 words)
|Essay (2000 words)
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
to describe the major developments in Irish literature from the early medieval period down to the emergence of the Irish Free State, and locate them within the broader context of Irish history and / or the literary history of Europe
to analyze and meaningfully comment on the literary and stylistic features of Irish literature
to demonstrate an understanding of the historical and cultural significance of set Irish-language texts
to demonstrate familiarity with current debates concerning Irish literature / culture and critically observe these debates
to make informed use of the translations, handbooks, bibliographies and major journals in the field.
The module will be taught as a one-hour lecture with linked fortnightly seminars/workshops. Seminars will provide opportunities for students to engage in close readings of selected texts and to formulate and present their own interpretations of texts. Students will undertake a significant number of hours of independent study, developing their critical skills.
1. Introduction: Irish as a Celtic language; periodization of Irish; outline of Irish history to 1900; outline of course
2. Literacy in Irish: Ogam and the coming of Christianity; the Irish monastery as a literary centre.
Seminar 1: a close reading of the preface to Senchus Már legal text.
3. Old Irish and its manuscripts: glosses and glossaries; Early Irish poetry nature poetry
4. The great Irish manuscripts: Book of the Dun Cow, Book of Leinster etc. contents and contexts; ‘Cycles’ in Early Irish Literature.
Seminar 2: A close reading of sections of An Táin.
5. Deities, devils and delinquents in Early Irish literature
6. The Classical Poets and their Poetry.
Seminar 3: Reading the Book of O’Conor Don.
7. Reformation and counter-reformation: The Irish Bible; Keating’s History
8. Irish Literature in the eighteenth-century: Jacobite poetry, Caoine Airt Uí Laoire
Seminar 4: A close reading of sections of the Aisling.
9. Literary responses to the nineteenth century: Daniel O’Connell; Raftery; John McHale
10. The Gaelic League and the creation of a ‘new literature’ and the lore of the ‘folk’.
Seminar 5: A close reading of Douglas Hyde
11. Summation: Broad developments; location within wider European context.
|Application of Number
|This is not relevant for this module.
|Oral communication skills will be developed in seminars where students will be encouraged to communicate their own ideas and further developed and assessed in student group presentations. Written communication will be developed through the articulation of ideas and analysis in written assignments.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|By independent research; tutor feedback on written work and oral contribution in class; interaction of peers during seminar and/or presentation; developing time/work management skills; reflecting upon presentational skills and other written work.
|For research purposes (assignments and presentations); word-processing and use of PowerPoint or Prezzie in presentations. Using electronic research and bibliographic resources; accessing Blackboard for course
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Personal advice on career goals will be offered on a one-to-one basis.
|By critical engagement (verbal and written) with intellectual concepts raised by the historical context and specific texts.
|Through independent research for written assessment (essay), presentation and oral contribution/presentation in class.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Through lectures and independent research students will develop subject specific skills relevant to Celtic Studies, Irish Studies and Comparative Literature.
|Through students making group presentations; this will entail organizing themselves to meet and discuss material outside of class, to formulate a presentation together and to present and field questions as a team.
This module is at CQFW Level 4