Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)
Domain / Subject : General/Others
Function : General
Trainer name : Dr Andrew Blades
Starts on : 17th Sep 2014
Duration : 10 Weeks
Difficulty : Advanced
About the course
In the 20th century alone Ireland produced much of the world’s great literature. Nothing, of course, is created in a vacuum, and these writings can be usefully read in the context of Ireland’s struggle for cultural and national identity. All nations are ‘imagined communities’, but this is especially true of Ireland. This relationship between nation and narration poses an interesting question: while Ireland has clearly shaped its writers, to what degree have Irish writers shaped the idea of ‘Ireland’?
This course is a survey of modern Irish literature from the late nineteenth century to the present day. We will study a variety of important figures - including W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Flann O’Brien - across a range of narrative forms: poetry, short stories and novels. We will also look at more recent developments in the Irish storytelling tradition, to discover how the story of Ireland has evolved over time.
To provide a broad survey of modern Irish literature from the 1890s to the 1990s.
This course will enable participants to:
Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following paperback books:
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