Literature 2 - Between Mythology and History

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Literature 2 - Between Mythology and History

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    History, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This module will explore a range of historical and mythological writing from medieval Ireland, including tales from the so-called ?Mythological Cycle? of medieval Irish literature and the ?Kings? Cycle? or ?Historical Cycle? tales. Central to this module will be a consideration of the nature and function of supernatural elements in medieval Irish literature, particularly those characters portrayed as divine or semi-divine. Conceptions of kingship and sovereignty will also be a key theme. Medieval ideas about the distinction between ?history? and ?literature? will be considered, as well as the role of this literature within medieval Irish conceptions of Ireland?s pre-history. Some of the so-called ?pseudo-historical? writings surviving from medieval Ireland, such as the Lebor Gabála Érenn (?Book of the Taking of Ireland?), will be studied. The reception and use of this material in the modern era will be considered.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - By the end of this module, students will be familiar with a wide range of medieval Irish historical and mythological writings.
    - The students will understand the historiographical, theoretical and methodological debates surrounding these sources.

    Teaching & Learning Methods
    - Lectures: 24 hours

    - Continous Assessment: 50%
    - University scheduled written examination: 50%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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