Modern Irish Literature (Lecture Course)

National University of Ireland, Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Irish Literature (Lecture Course)

  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, English, Irish Culture, Literature, Literatures in English, Poetry

  • 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 course introduces students to the three major writers of the Irish literary renaissance: James Joyce, W.B Yeats, and J.M. Synge. During the semester, we will consider how these writers sought to imagine new visions of Ireland, both to the world and to the country itself. We will address the many creative tensions in their writings: between tradition and modernity, patriotism and nationalism, high art and popular culture, the Irish and English languages, and so on. A major feature of the course will be the discussion of key episodes from Joyce?s Ulysses, but we will also read some of his short stories from Dubliners. We will survey the poetic career of W.B Yeats, and will explore Synge?s plays.



    James Joyce: Ulysses (Penguin)

    James Joyce, Dubliners (Oxford World?s Classics)

    WB Yeats, Poetry, Drama and Prose (Norton)

    JM Synge, Complete Works (Wordsworth Poetry)

    NOTE ? these editions have been specifically chosen for the course, so you are strongly advised not to purchase other editions.


    Harry Blamires, The New Bloomsday Book (contains a chapter-by-chapter summary of Ulysses ? much more reliable and accurate than material online)

    Assessment: Mid-term Assessment (20%) and End-of-Semester Examination (80%)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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