School of English and Drama

Modern Irish Writing

Module code: ESH368

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm

Contact: Dr Rhiannon Moss
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module will introduce students to the literature and society of early twentieth-century Ireland. We will begin by looking at the two founders of modern Irish writing, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, in the context of the Literary Revival, the Easter Rebellion, and the founding of the new Irish state. We will consider the role of the Abbey Theatre, and the Irish National Theatre Society, through the riots associated with productions of works by J.M. Synge and Sean O'Casey. In the second half of the module we will examine the work of mid-century writers such as Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brien, Elizabeth Bowen, Louis MacNeice, Patrick Kavanagh. Students will be asked to consider the nature of independence, the struggle between tradition and modernity, the role and representation of women in Irish society, representations of revolutionary violence and civil war, the role of religion.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6