Reading Irish Literature


This module will provide an introduction to Ireland's literary heritage in English and Irish. It will examine the issues of defining an Irish literature, discuss literary forms and themes, profile and analyse selected texts (including drama, poetry, novels and short stories) and require attendance at / participation in literary events.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Appreciate the antiquity, variety, continuity (and dis-continuity) of Irish literary heritage

  2. Compare and contrast the differing literary treatment of common subject matter

  3. Develop an understanding of the phenomenon of intertextuality and the workings of literary influence

  4. Be aware of the degree to which authors draw on Irish and non-Irish material for inspiration

  5. To appreciate iconic texts of Irish literary tradition, including examples by the four winners of the Nobel prize in literature

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