Contemporary Irish Writing

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Irish Writing

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    English, European Studies, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may only take one English Seminar course per semester. Spaces are limited.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Course Description

    Section 1. The Fantastic in Irish Writing.
    The course will consider the use of the fantastic mode in Irish writing across a variety of genres. It will explore the novels of John Banville and Clare Boylan, the drama of Marina Carr, and the short fiction of Neil Jordan and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and ask the questions how these writers use the fantastic mode to explore contemporary social issues and to engage with and challenge the Irish literary tradition.

    Assessment: participation 10%, 2 written assignments 20%, and final essay 70%.

    Section 2.
    This course traces the enormous variety of streams and tributaries in Irish poetry after Yeats, with a particular emphasis on the poems and poets of mid-century and how they influenced later writers. Exploring local and contemporary contexts, the focus is carefully drawn on close readings of the most interesting poems. This allows for discussion of exciting work from a range of known and lesser-known authors, including Louis MacNeice, Samuel Beckett, Austin Clarke, Denis Devlin, Patrick Kavanagh, and John Hewitt, considering in detail their influences and after-effects.

    Assessment will take into account the quality of class participation and two brief written assignments (30%), and a longer final essay (70%).

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.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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