Modern Irish Theatre

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Irish Theatre

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Module Aim 
    A survey of Irish theatre from the beginning of the Irish Literary Theatre in 1899 to 1999. Playwrights examined will include Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, O’Casey, Beckett, Carr and McDonagh. This course will provide an introduction to Irish drama in the 20th Century as well as explore the relationship of Irish nationalism and Irish theatre. We will also spend four days in Dublin, residing at Dublin City University and touring key historical sites as well as attending plays at the Gate or the Abbey Theatre.
    • The Irish Literary Revival and The Abbey Theatre.
    • Irish theatre’s influence on and reflection of Irish politics and history.
    • Irish drama and Irish Identity.
    • International influence of modern Irish drama.

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate knowledge of major texts, production practices, and theories of drama and performance that underpin modern Irish theatre practice and assumptions. Explain how historical, cultural and social events and dramatic movements in Irish theatre are mutually constitutive. Demonstrate knowledge of course material through a final oral presentation on a topic of your choice.


    (Provided through on-line sources)

    • W.B.Yeats
    • Purgatory Lady Gregory
    •  The Rising of the Moon Sean O’Casey
    •  Juno and the Paycock Samuel Beckett
    •  Waiting for Godot Marina Carr
    •  By the Bog of Cats Martin McDonagh
    •  The Cripple of Inishmaan

    Sites We Visit 

    • Kilmainham Gaol
    • Glasnevin Cemetary
    • The GPO
    • The Writer’s Museum
    • The Joyce Center
    • Dublin Tenement Museum
    • The Garden of Rememberance
    • Limerick City and Environs
    • Dublin City
    • Cliffs of Moher/Lahinch

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.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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