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Reading Dublin (One City, One Book)

Dublin: One City, One Book

Completing this course provides you with an indepth understanding of Dublin from the writers who have lived here and made this city their subject. This course is designed to tie in with events in the Dublin: One City, One Book festival 2020 culminating in an extended engagement with the 2020 selected title and making full use of events staged by Dublin City Libraries. Students read a variety of books. The books chosen may relate thematically to the 2020 One City One Book choice, or chronologically or through their connection with Dublin or author. The course will consider the changing place of Dublin in literature and examine different ways the city has been represented by writers. No prior knowledge or skills are required for this course beyond an enjoyment and an interest in reading and in finding out more about your city.

Dates Schedule Time Venue/Location Fee €
01 Apr 2020 to 22 Apr 2020 Sessions: 4
Duration: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 10.30 - 12.30
Dates: Apr 1, 8, 15, 22
10:30 Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2


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Duration: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 10.30 - 12.30
Dates: Apr 1, 8, 15, 22

Garrett Fagan has taught at universities in Dublin and at Warwick University in the UK. He has interests in Renaissance literature, legal - literary relations and Anglo Irish writing.

At the end of the course students should be able to:

• Be aware of the richness and diversity of Dublin’s literary heritage

• Be aware of the historical and political and social contexts that Dublin’s literature grew out of and responded to.

• Have an understanding of how literature can relate to social and political contexts in which it is produced or performed

• Be aware of how a given text relates to a literary tradition

• Confidently talk about their response to any given text they might read and to deploy the correct terminology

• Have an increased understanding of the sorts of conversations and insights it is possible to have about literature through literary analysis

• Be able to identify and comment on genre, form and literary conventions in the works studied

• Discussion.

• Participative group work.

• Short Audio/ video clips

• Short tutor presentations,

• Short student presentations.

• Field trip to Dublin Writers Museum/ Attendance at events associated with the One City One Book festival.

Those interested in combining an interest and enjoyment of reading with finding out more about the culture and literature of Ireland.