School of Humanities Discipline Course Title Module Coordinator Module Title Lecture times Teaching Format Brief outline of content Irish Studies Master of Arts Mr Tim Keane Learning Outcomes By the end of the course students should be able to: 1. Possess a broad understanding of key issues concerning Irish writing in English in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 2. Participate in the debate surrounding cultural nationalism in Ireland. 3. Outline some key contributions Irish writers have made to English literature. Assessment Types and Deadlines Mid-term essay (40%) Final essay (60%) Class presentation (required – unmarked) Required Text Core Texts: IS105: Young Ireland to the Free State: Writing in English, 1849-1922 Semester 1 10 x 2 hour seminars This course is a survey of Irish literature written in English. Through close readings of selected texts, the development of cultural nationalism will be explored. Issues to be examined include: negative images of Ireland/Irish in Britain (and resistance to such images); colonial context of Ireland; problems of nationalism; transformative potential of literature. Within the course, an examination of genre – drama, poetry and the short story – will help analyse the relationship between literature, nationalism and politics. Class reader (available from Secretariat) John Harrington, Modern Irish Drama. James Joyce, Dubliners. George Moore, The Untilled Field. Suggested: Declan Kiberd, Inventing Ireland.