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

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ruth Connolly
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 in the English language. We look at the presence of Ireland and Irishness in works from writers such as Shakespeare, Spenser or Swift but we also look at other kinds of writing including the 1641 Depositions and memoirs and poetry from writers such as Laetitia Pilkington and Peg Plunkett. The later part of the module 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 ballds and will explore the enduring influence of issues of nation, language and identity for Irish writing. Material for this part of the course will be drawn from writers such as Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland, Brian Friel, Norah Hoult, Elizabeth Bowen and John McGahern and film-makers such as Tomm Moore.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. What is a nation? Identity, Nation and imagined commmunity
2. Writing early modern Ireland in English: The stage and the View.
3. The News from Ireland: Eye-witness testimony, trauma and atrocity in the 1641 rebellion.
4. A Modest Proposal: Ireland's cannibals.
5. Murder ballads from Victorian Ireland
6. The Big House: Land, estate and identity in nationalist Ireland
7. The History of Violence: Seamus Heaney's North
8. Recovering and Writing Irishwomen's experience: Eavan Boland and Norah Hoult
9. The early modern past in the present: Tomm Moore's Wolfwalker.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1116:00116:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00session for assessment preparation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00weekly seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00film screening
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion41:004:00Preparatory to seminars
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce the key concepts and historiography, essential context and textual analysis. Seminars will be scaffolded by student-led study groups and by open-ended questions on discusssion boards where students can test out initial ideas with their peers. Seminars will enable group analysis and interaction and provide space for conclusions/analysis. Asssessment work will be supproted by a specific assessment session and by one-to-one meetings.

Assessment Methods

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 - for feedback before moving to write up the final piece.
Portfolio1A85Students choose to do one of the four options available. All options are equally weighted.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Report 1 asks students to outline their final portfolio assessment allowing for feedback on the final assessment, drections for further reading and suggestions for improvement.

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 deliver or 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