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ENGL3607: Modern Irish Literature

This unit of study charts the development of Irish literature from the late nineteenth century to the present day, in the form of drama, short fiction, novels, poetry, biography and autobiography. Prominent themes include: the emergence of the modern Irish nation through resistance, civil war, and independence from Britain; Northern Ireland and the Troubles; expatriation and exile; wit and verbal dexterity; the fate of specifically "Celtic" sensibilities; and the relation of writing to history (ancient, colonial, the Famine, Republicanism).

Code ENGL3607
Academic unit
Credit points 6
18 Senior credit points from English or Australian Literature

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of the modes and genres of modern Irish literature, and the ways in which these are deployed to explore issues of Irish politics, history, and culture
  • LO2. Evaluate a range of literary texts with respect to their tropes, themes and literary devices through the exercise of close reading
  • LO3. Understand how modern Irish literature interacts within the frameworks of Anglophone and European literatures

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.