ENG10130 Contemporary Irish Writing

Academic Year 2019/2020

What distinguishes contemporary Irish writing? What are its chief thematic preoccupations and formal innovations? Who are its leading authors, what are their chosen subjects and who were their influences? How are contemporary Irish literary works received by their readers, nationally and internationally, and how can the ongoing diversity in literary texts, and in readers’ reactions, be studied and interpreted?

This module will introduce readers to a range of contemporary Irish writings, spanning fiction (including short stories) and poetry, closely examining the choice of theme, the significance of form, and the nature of the works' impact. In analysing the depiction of contemporary Irish urban and rural society in contemporary fiction, we will engage with ongoing debates concerning the function and importance of literary representation in the context of social crisis and change. Given the contemporary interest in commemoration, the module will also examine the interweaving of public event and private experience by a range of contemporary poets.

Workshop discussions, supporting the core lectures, will also examine how these contemporary writings have been received to date by readers and critics, and trace the ongoing processes whereby the reputations of texts and their writers are formed and shaped. Each workshop will also incorporate formal exercises designed to ensure that first year students acquire the necessary skills for studying English: writing and close-reading; note-taking, research, and referencing; and effective use of electronic resources such as online journals, Blackboard, and SafeAssign.

Required readings:
Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz (2011)
Harry Clifton, The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass (2012)
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Selected Stories (2017)
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, The Boys of Bluehill (2015)
Kevin Barry, Dark Lies the Island (2012)

These texts are available for purchase in the campus bookshop, in most bookshops, or borrowable from your local library.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Objectives
- Familiarity with a range of contemporary Irish writing across a diversity of genre
- Ability to analyze and compare the significance of theme and form and to identify a range of formal devices within the works studied –
- Critical scrutiny of existing reviews of contemporary Irish writing, and analysis of the characteristics and impact of literary reviewing
- Engagement in current debates concerning the function of literary representation in the context of contemporary social change
- Development of critical reading skills for a range of genres;
- Acquisition of basic skills in research, study, and writing
- Ability to use electronic resources such as online journals, databases, Blackboard and SafeAssign

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

12

Tutorial

12

Specified Learning Activities

36

Autonomous Student Learning

40

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This course is taught through lectures (one per week) and small-group tutorials (one per week). 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Attendance and contribution Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No

10

Essay: End-of-semester essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

30

Essay: Mid-semester essay Week 4 n/a Graded No

20

Continuous Assessment: Skills-building exercises Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No

20

Essay: Mid-semester essay Week 7 n/a Graded No

20


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz (2011)
Harry Clifton, Herod's Dispensations (2019)
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Selected Stories (2017)
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, The Boys of Bluehill (2015)
Kevin Barry, Dark Lies the Island (2012)

UCD campus bookshop will provide a discounted package of all 5 books for purchase in the first week of term; these are also widely available for borrowing in your local public library where library staff will assist you in ordering copies by inter-library loan if the local branch does not have a copy.
Name Role
Dr Catríona Clutterbuck Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Lucy Collins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Gerardine Meaney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Emma Radley Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Ciara Forristal Tutor
Ms Eve Kearney Tutor
Ms Katie Mishler Tutor
Ms Jennifer Preston Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 4 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 5 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 6 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Small Group Offering 7 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 09:00 - 09:50
Small Group Offering 8 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 11 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 12 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Small Group Offering 13 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Small Group Offering 14 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 16 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Small Group Offering 17 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Small Group Offering 18 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Autumn