|| EN38120 |
|| MODERN IRISH LITERATURE |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Luke A Thurston |
|| Intended for use in future years |
|Next year offered
|| N/A |
|Next semester offered
|| N/A |
| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 10 x 2hrs |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| ESSAY1: 2500 WORDS ||50%|
|Semester Assessment|| ESSAY 2 : 2500 WORDS ||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected.||100%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Describe and appraise the main themes and problems of modern Irish literature
2. Interrelate the set texts in terms of tradition, influence and divergence
3. Discuss different links between history, cultural identity and literary texts
4. Comment critically on the material chosen for study
5. Write about the subject in a well-structured and argued manner
6. Engage in coherent oral discussion of the texts and background material
Before the Celtic Revival of the early twentieth century re-launched the creative impetus of Irish literature, the political force and ancient tradition of that literature were almost crushed by British imperial domination. This module explores the politics and poetics of the Revival, the cultural ambiguity of Irish Modernism, and the impact of the traumatic political history of modern Ireland on contemporary writing.
1. Introduction: Irish Literature and Politics
2. Imagining Ireland: Yeats (I)
W B Yeats The Wind Among the Reeds
3. Poetry and the Nation: Yeats (II)
W B Yeats The Tower
4. Staging the Irish Revival: Synge
J.M. Synge The Playboy of the Western World
5. Modernism and Exile (I): Joyce
J. Joyce Ulysses (excerpts)
6. Modernism and Exile (II): Beckett
S. Beckett Waiting for Godot
7. Radicalism and Tradition: OCasey
S. O.Casey Juno and the Paycock
8. Modern Ireland and Poetry: Kavanagh and Heaney
P. Kavanagh The Great Hunger; S. Heaney - North
9. Re-imagining Ireland: Friel
B. Friel, Translations
10. Contemporary Irish Writing: Brennan, Meaney
M. Brennan, The Springs of Affection; G. Meaney, Counterpoints
** Recommended Text
Bolger, D (ed) The New Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction
Friel, B Translations
Heaney, S North
Kavanagh,P Collected Poems
MacGibbon & Kee
** Supplementary Text
Castle, Gregory (May 2001) Modernism and the Celtic Revival
Corcoran, Neil. (1997.) After Yeats and Joyce :reading modern Irish literature /Neil Corcoran.
Donoghue, Denis. (1971.) Yeats.
Ellman, Richard (1982) James Joyce
Oxford University Press
(2003.) The Cambridge companion to contemporary Irish poetry /edited by Matthew Campbell.
(1998.) The Oxford companion to Irish history /edited by S. J. Connolly.
(1949) Yeats, the Man and the Masks
Gibbons, Luke. (1996.) Transformations in Irish culture /Luke Gibbons.
Kiberd, Declan. (1996, c1995.) Inventing Ireland : the literature of the modern nation /Declan Kiberd.
MacDonagh, Thomas (1996.) Literature in Ireland : studies Irish & Anglo-Irish /Thomas MacDonagh.
Mercier, Vivian. (1994.) Modern Irish literature :sources and founders /Vivian Mercier ; edited and presented by Eil is Dillon.
Thurston, Luke. (2004.) James Joyce and the problem of psychoanalysis /Luke Thurston.
(1991.) Modern Irish drama /edited by John P. Harrington.
(1996.) The Oxford companion to Irish literature /edited by Robert Welch, assistant editor, Bruce Stewart.
(1989.) The Oxford illustrated history of Ireland /edited by R. F. Foster.
This module is at CQFW Level 6