LITT07012 2017 Yeats and Contemporary Irish Poetry
This module will introduce students to representative Irish poetry since Yeats and the literary theory and criticism relevant to the study of contemporary Irish poetry. The module will include examination of the Irish Literary revival, the relation of poetry to national partition and the civil crisis in Northern Ireland, gender in the poetic tradition, memory studies, post-colonialism, emigration and exile, postmodernism, the Celic Tiger, and post-boom politics in relation to poetic theme and form. The poets we will read include, WB Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Derek Mahon, Paul Durcan, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Paula Meehan, Vona Groarke, Medbh McGuckian and other representative poets writing now.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Identify elements of poetic form particularly in relation to Irish concerns in the modern period
Demonstrate a knowledge of developments in the modern Irish poetic tradition since Yeats and how to read contemporary poetry in relation to historical, political and aesthetic contexts
Explain different theoretical perspectives in relation to contemporary Irish poetry including Postcolonialism, Gender Studies, Memory Studies and Postmodernism
Conduct in-depth analysis on a selected poet or poetic text of the period and present to others
Write a critical essay using textual evidence from both primary and secondary sources and document according to academic conventions
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This is a seminar that uses a variety of teaching and learning strategies to maximise learning opportunities for students including mini-lectures, class discussions, presentations, visiting writers as well as varied media for teaching including video and podcasts.
Module Assessment Strategies
This module is assessed by 100% continuous assessment including a presentation (30%), group creative project (30%) and an essay (40%)
Projects can be repeated should a learner fail continuous assessment
Introduction to poetic form and ways of reading poetry including verse forms, use of metaphor, symbol, image and sound
Yeats & The Irish Literary Revival
The Northern Revival
Poetry and the Postcolonial
Exile, Emigration and Irish poetry
Contemporary Irish writing and postmodernism
Readings of the past in contemporary Irish literature & Memory Studies
The ‘Troubles’ in contemporary Irish writing
Irish writing and the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||presentation||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||30 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4|
|2||Creative project||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||30 %||Week 8||1,2,3,4|
|3||Essay||Continuous Assessment||Essay||40 %||End of Semester||1,2,3,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Seminar||Flat Classroom||Seminar class||3||Weekly||3.00|
Boland, Eavan Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time. Carcanet Press, 1996.
Brown, Terence. Ireland A Social and Cultural History 1922 to 2001. HarperCollins, 2011
Campbell, Matthew. The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry. Cambridge UP, 2003.
Goodby, John. Irish Poetry since 1950: From Stillness into History. Manchester UP, 2000.
Graham, Colin. Deconstructing Ireland: Identity, Theory, Culture. Edinburgh UP, 2001.
Holdridge, Jefferson and Brian O’Conchubair. Post - Ireland? Essays On Contemporary Irish Poetry. Wake Forest UP, 2017
Hufstader, John. Tongue of Water, Teeth of Stone: Northern Irish Poetry. University of Connecticut, 1999.
Keating, Kenneth. Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Canon.: Critical Limitations and Textual Liberations. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Obert, Julia. Post-Colonial Overtures: The Politics of Sound in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry. Syracuse UP, 2015.
Smith, Stan. Irish Poetry and the Construction of Modern Identity. Irish Academic Press, 2005.