Literature 6 - Fenian Literature

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Literature 6 - Fenian Literature

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, Irish Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This module will focus on the medieval Irish saga literature known as fíanaigecht, that is, literature concerned with Finn mac Cumaill and his fían (?warband?). Significant tales from the so-called ?Fenian Cycle?, ranging from ?Finn and the Man in the Tree? to Acallam na Senórach (?The Colloquy of the Ancients?) will be studied in detail, and various literary, moral and political interpretations of the tales will be explored. The circumstances of composition of the literature, and its striking interest in aspects of geography and cultural memory, will be discussed in detail. The modern reception and reworking of ?Finn Cycle? literature will also be explored.

    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 fíanaigecht literature, and modern scholarship thereon.
    - The students will have a detailed understanding of the literary, methodological and theoretical issues which are central to the study of early Irish literature.

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 24 hours

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

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