Undergraduate Course: Celtic Revivals: Writing on the Periphery,1890-1939 (ENLI10113)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course explores key works from the Irish Literary Renaissance, otherwise known as the Irish Cultural Revival, or the Celtic Revival: an extraordinary period of literary endeavour during a time of intense cultural and political transformation. The texts on the course are key works of Irish literature, of literary modernism, and would also come to be hugely influential on post-colonial writing through the rest of the twentieth century.
We will explore how the texts shaped and contested ideas of identity and history; how Ireland¿s push for freedom from English rule coincided with the context of modernity; and we will close-read our primary texts, discussing how they challenge conventional notions of style, form and genre, asking how their formal innovations related to historical and political change.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||A MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having three to four literature classes at grade A.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Other Study Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
one hour autonomous learning group
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2500 word coursework essay (40%) submitted mid-semester
+ 3000 word final essay submitted at end of semester / in exam period (60%).
OR: Alternative model: alternative coursework assessment (40%)
+ 3000 word final essay submitted at end of semester / in exam period (60%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of key texts of modern Irish literature.
- Students should also be able to demonstrate understanding of the major critical debates produced by modern Irish literature.
- Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the cultural context of modern Irish literature.
- Students should be able to undertake independent critical analysis of modern Irish literature.
- Students should be able to orally present the results of research undertaken individually and as part of a small group, respond judiciously to such research undertaken by others, and critically evaluate the importance of such material for an understanding of the chief themes of the course.
|¿ Celticism, Romanticism, Nationalism and Modernity: Matthew Arnold and W. B. Yeats|
¿ The Heroic Ideal: W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge
¿ Joyce and the Anti-Heroic: Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
¿ Nationalism, Colonialism and Cosmopolitanism: James Joyce, Ulysses
¿ Gender, Sex and the City: James Joyce, Ulysses
¿ The Big House: Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September
¿ Gender, Catholicism and Nationalism: Kate O¿Brien, The Ante-Room
¿ The Filthy Modern Tide: Late W. B. Yeats
¿ From Nationalism to Regionalism: Patrick Kavanagh
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||2 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance for one hour a week at Autonomous Learning Group - at time to be arranged.
|Course organiser||Dr Alan Gillis
Tel: (0131 6)50 3050
|Course secretary||Miss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167