Modern Irish Writing

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Irish Writing

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    This module will introduce students to the literature and society of early twentieth-century Ireland.
    We will begin by looking at the two founders of modern Irish writing, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, in the
    context of the Literary Revival, the Easter Rebellion, and the founding of the new Irish state. We will
    consider the role of the Abbey Theatre, and the Irish National Theatre Society, through the riots associated
    with productions of works by J.M. Synge and Sean O'Casey. In the second half of the module we will examine
    the work of mid-century writers such as Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brien, Elizabeth Bowen, Louis MacNeice,
    Patrick Kavanagh. Students will be asked to consider the nature of independence, the struggle between
    tradition and modernity, the role and representation of women in Irish society, representations of
    revolutionary violence and civil war, the role of religion.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 6

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