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Module

SEL3406 : Making Ireland: Kingdom, Colony and Nation in Text and Performance

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ruth Connolly
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module asks students to analyse the representation of Ireland in the Irish and British literary traditions. The module focuses on the early modern period as the point of origin for modern imaginings of Ireland. It begins with the staging of Ireland in the Renaissance theatre. We look at the presence of Ireland and Irishness in works such as Shakespeare's Henry V, a play concerned with questions of nation, identity and belonging in times of conflict and with issues of speech and silence, translation and power. These will become core themes in the module asking how writing from the island of Ireland addresses these questions from the early modern period onwards. Course content will draw on work from all the communities on the island of Ireland, from a range of literary and non-literary genres including drama, poetry, prose, folklore and testimony and will explore the enduring influence of these issues for Irish writing through work such as of Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland, the drama of Brian Friel, or the novels of Elizabeth Bowen and John McGahern.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. What is a nation? Identity, Nation and Literature
2. Staging Ireland: reading Ireland on the early modern English stage
3. The News from Ireland: Eye-witness testimony, trauma and atrocity in the 1641 rebellion.
4. A Modest Proposal: Ireland as colony
5. The past and present conflicts in Irish poetry: Seamus Heaney's North
6. Recovering and Writing Irishwomen's experience: the poetry of Eavan Boland

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials82:0016:00Online lecture material (with associated tasks)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1116:00116:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00asynchronous online session for assessment preparation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00synchronous online discussion.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity81:008:00synchronous online discussion and associated tasks.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Synchronous online seminars with associated tasks.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Recorded lectures will introduce the key concepts and historiography and use MCQs to check learning. Seminars will be scaffolded by student-led study groups who will post their findings on that week's discussion board; seminars will enable group analysis and interaction and provide space for conclusions/analysis to be written up and posted to the module's discussion boards to create a permanent record of learning. A weekly drop-in session will allow students to have individual discussions about their progress.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M15An outline of the portfolio - 500-750 words
Portfolio1A75Students choose to do one of the four options available. All options are equally weighted.
Reflective log1M10A task workbook and critical reflection (300 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Reflective Log 1 asks students to submit a record of their postings to the module discussion boards and to write a summary of their learning at the conclusion of the module. This ensures engagement throughotu the module and reflection at its conclusion.
Report 1 asks students to outline their final portfolio assessment allowing for feedback on the final assessment.

Students select one of these options for their final portfolio assessment. The options are:
1. To write a critical analysis based on a self-created question.
2. To create an online exhibition using Shorthand.
3. To record themselves delivering a conference using visual and/or other aides and RECAP.
4. A creative response to a text or concept encountered on the module.

Reading Lists

Timetable