Module Information

Cod y Modiwl
Teitl y Modiwl
Reading Early Modern Gaelic Prose Texts
Blwyddyn Academaidd
Cyd-gysylltydd y Modiwl
Semester 1
Staff Eraill sy'n Cyfrannu

Manylion y cyrsiau


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Math o Assessiad Manylion / Hyd Assessiad Cyfran
Asesiad Semester Essay  (4,000 words)  50%
Asesiad Semester Fortnightly tasks  (2,000 words)  30%
Asesiad Semester Individual in-class presentation​  (15 minutes)  20%
Asesiad Ailsefyll Essay  (4,000 words)  50%
Asesiad Ailsefyll Fortnightly tasks  (2,000 words)  30%
Asesiad Ailsefyll Individual in-class presentation​  (in minutes)  20%

Canlyniadau Dysgu

Wedi cwblhau'r modiwl dylai'r myfyrwyr fedru:

​1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the social, political, and literary contexts of the chosen texts, as well as the author’s narrative technique.

2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the grammatical features of an Early Modern Gaelic text that distinguish it from texts of other periods.

3. Demonstrate advanced skills in the description and analysis of the most important linguistic developments from Early Modern Gaelic to the contemporary Gaelic languages.

4. Demonstrate advanced paleographical skills in relation to the reading and description of Early Modern Gaelic Manuscripts.

5. Identify some of the main features of Early Modern Gaelic and European epistolary culture.​

Disgrifiad cryno

This module is an introduction to the language and prose of the Early Modern Period. It focuses in particular on Gaelic-language writing from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Ireland and Scotland. Through focusing on this material, students will be exposed to many of the main social, historical, literary and linguistic themes of the Early Modern Gaelic world. Students will be dealing with primary sources, directly from contemporary manuscripts where possible, and so will also gain a basic knowledge of Gaelic paleography.


​Students will read a selection of original Gaelic documents from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in a series of in-depth textual seminars. The material will be read in the original, from the manuscript images where available. Students will present on a text of their choice, discussing the background and context of the text in question and participate in class discussion. Texts to be examined include documents written by both men and women, documents relating to the administration of the Tudor state in Ireland, documents relating to the so-called ‘Flight of the Earls’, and letters to and from the Irish colleges on the continent relating to the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

Sgiliau Modiwl

Math o Sgiliau Manylion Sgiliau
Cyfathrebu Students will be required to present research and analysis in formal class presentations and in group discussion.
Datblygu personol a chynllunio gyrfa Students will be encouraged to think about the commonalities between epistolary culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the use of email, text messaging and other forms of communication in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, identifying the purpose of rhetorical devices such as formulae etc.
Datrys Problemau Students will be expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the studies and to undertake suitable research for presentations, discussions and essays.
Gwaith Tim All students will present their research and analysis of certain documents, facilitating and leading group discussion which will require students to co-ordinate with one another. This will be assessed as part of a student’s presentation.
Gwella dysgu a pherfformiad ei hun Development of skills such as managing workload, effective time management, and undertaking independent research. Students will be expected to reflect on and respond to feedback from the lecturer and from their peers in group discussion, in analyzing specific documents and historical episodes.
Sgiliau pwnc penodol Students will get to grips with grammar, historical linguistics and issues on interpretation and contextualization of early modern Gaelic texts. Students will also learn basic paleographical skills for Gaelic manuscripts.
Sgiliau ymchwil Students will apply critical and analytical thinking to the documents under discussion; they will be expected to identity and analyze grammatical patterns, literary and epistolary formulae.
Technoleg Gwybodaeth Students will make use of a number of Digital Humanities resources, including tools for the enhanced reading of manuscript images, and contribute to them as appropriate.


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