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The course offers graduates in English or in related disciplines (e.g. history, art history, Irish studies, a modern language) the opportunity to study a broad range of Irish writing in English from the late-sixteeenth century to the present. It also involves close study of single authors and addresses thematic aspects of the subject. The course is designed to be complete in itself, but can also serve as preparation for those who wish to proceed to further research in the field.
The course consists of five modules:
This module, taught in a weekly two-hour seminar, covers the work of four major individual authors from the Irish literary tradition. In Michaelmas term we study Swift and Yeats, and in Hilary term, Joyce and Beckett.
Perspectives in Irish Writing:
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Applicants should have a good honors degree (at least an upper second or equivalent, GPA of at least 3.3). Some previous knowledge of Irish Writing is also desirable. Admission to the course is competitive due to a restricted quota.
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What struck me most about this course once it had begun was the international appeal of it. As a student from the UK, I very much expected to be the only member of the class that wasn't Irish - how wrong I was! The large-scale appeal of Irish Writing is testament to its intricacy and depth, and it was wonderful to get international perspectives on the course content. The course teaching staff are leaders in their field and present an exemplary programme of learning, with great scope to develop one's own areas of interest alongside the 'big hitters' of the Irish literary canon - the likes of Joyce, Beckett, Swift; and a great variety between poetry, drama, fiction, memoir, printed media and other forms of writing. I would recommend this fantastic graduate course to anyone and everyone with an interest in Irish history, literature and culture.
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