Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Comparative Celtic Literature
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
Semester Assessment Essay  (3,000 words)  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (3,000 words)  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

​1. You will demonstrate a specialist knowledge of the eighteenth- and nineteeenth-century background to the comparison of literatures in the various Celtic languages.

2. You will engage in advanced critical evaluation of themes which appear in more than one of the Celtic literatures.

3. You will demonstrate a specialist knowledge of various similarities between these literatures and engage in advanced critical evaluation of various explanations for their occurrence.​

Brief description

Comparative study of medieval and early modern literature in the Celtic languages and consideration of the traditional intellectual framework for this study (i.e. the existence of a peculiarly Celtic type of literature) and of problems with this, particularly taking into account the origins of this framework in the Romantic period. Students will read a range of texts in translation and consider the similarities and differences between the literatures of the different languages, and the possible reasons for these (common inheritance, mutual influence, external influences, coincidence and so on).


A series of 10 lectures on different aspects (the history of the discipline, the influence of Romanticism, questions of borrowing from one language to another, the problem of conservatism, court poetry, old ideas about the development of Indo-European literature (prosimetrum and so on), debates in Ireland about ‘nativism’ etc.). Also 10 textual seminars to read and discuss relevant texts.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The students will be expected to use clear and correct language both written and oral.
Improving own Learning and Performance The students will have to improve their work in response to constructive criticism from their tutors and fellow students.
Information Technology The students will be expected to use word processors and on-line resources where appropriate.
Personal Development and Career planning They will learn skills which are important in academic work.
Problem solving Problems arising from the work will be solved by students in seminars and in their written work.
Research skills Research skills will be an important part of completing assignments. Students will be expected to use on-line resources where appropriate.
Subject Specific Skills The ability to reason and to treat a range of sources critically.
Team work The students will have to discuss and respect the points of view of their fellow students.


This module is at CQFW Level 7