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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

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable