Module Title:Contemporary Irish Literature
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Sessions will be set aside for close viewing of films involving full class participation. Video materials will be used to stimulate interest and vary the teaching methods. On line discussion forum and end-of-term portfolio of materials (task sheets and essay)
Module Aim: This module will explore contemporary reinventions of Ireland and ‘Irishness’ through a range of plays, short stories and poetry. The focus will be on the retrospective negotiations of Irish history and identity that characterise Irish literature of the 1990s and the 2000s and the treatment of contemporary Ireland in more recent Irish literature The course will explore contemporary reworking’s of mid-late twentieth century Ireland and the emergence of Ireland as a postcolonial nation..
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Identify Irish playwrights and poets and their related historical and cultural contexts
LO2 Review themes, traits and tropes emerging in Irish writing
LO3 Understand how more recent Irish writing has been influenced by, and responds to, the writing of canonical figures such as Joyce and Yeats.
LO4 Compare and contrast the central themes and subjects important to writers from the North and the South of Ireland, identifying key regional differences
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
James Joyce/ Samuel Beckett Text: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Film: The Dead Film: Ulysses
Buried Violence in Northern Irish Poetry:
Seamus Heaney Michael Longley Derek Mahon
Rewriting the Nation and the Rise and Fall of ‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland
Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy and Short Stories by Roddy Doyle, Kevin Barry, and Claire Keegan, Donal Ryan
Irish Women’s Writing in the Twenty-First Century:
Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Anne Enright’s The Gathering Short Stories of Maeve Brennan Selected Work by Irish Women Poets
Literary Adaptation from Text to Film
Film: Waiting for Godot: Samuel Beckett Film: The Commitments: Roddy Doyle Film: The Butcher Boy: Pat McCabe Film: Dancing at Lughnasa
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Portfolio n/a 1,2,3,4 100.00 Sem 1 End
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 2.97
Total Hours 62.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BHCPR_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Public Relations and Media 7 Mandatory
CW_BWTEM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Tourism and Event Management 5 Elective
CW_BWTEM_D Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Event Management 5 Elective