Irish Children''s Literature

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Irish Children''s Literature

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    English, Irish Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    This course examines a broad range of Irish children?s literature, looking at texts that engage directly with aspects of Irish identity as well as books by Irish authors that do not directly represent ideas of Irishness. Students will be introduced to a series of subject areas including myth and folklore, islands and communities, history, sexuality, Northern Ireland, and memory. Texts will cover a range of genres such as fantasy, picture books, and Young Adult fiction. These discussions of primary texts (predominantly from the 20th and 21st centuries) are positioned within the context of broader debates of children?s literature studies and will incorporate theoretical approaches specific to the study of children?s literature. Students will develop a broad understanding of key issues in a range of Irish children?s literature.

    Students will also be given the opportunity to explore books from Trinity?s Pollard Collection of Children?s Books. The Pollard Collection of Children?s Books, a generous bequest to the Trinity College Library from Mary ('Paul') Pollard (1922-2005), is a collection of over 10,000 books covering the period from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century. The collection features many books of Irish interest, and includes moral tales and tracts, learner readers, chapbooks, nineteenth-century annuals and magazines.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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