Early Irish Literature


This module consists of an introduction, in translation, to the literature and literary culture of Gaelic Ireland from early mediaeval times down to the 17th century. The main emphasis is on narrative prose, and the module challenges learners to address the question of how best to present old stories to modern audiences. No previous knowledge of the Irish language is required.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Outline important aspects of the literary history of the Irish language down to early modern times.

  2. Discuss the sources, literary context, plot and major themes of selected texts.

  3. Demonstrate a thoughtful awareness of the value, or otherwise, of early Irish literature as heritage, and creativity in addressing the question of how best to present the module texts to modern audiences.

  4. Demonstrate competence in presenting material in front of an audience and ability to work in a team.

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% Final Exam 70%