Course Description

Irish Literature – Plunkett to Rooney – Spaces & Places

Martin Keaveney Creative Writing

MKCW: Plunkett to Rooney – Spaces & Places

This new course is designed to bring readers through the spaces and places of a series of fine works of Irish literature. We begin with the claustrophobic bar in James Plunkett’s short story, and progress through a series of varied settings culminating in the modern novel Normal People. This is a wonderful course for those with an interest in fine Irish literature but also those considering more formal study in the area. Presented by Dr Martin Keaveney / Associate.

Course Outline

Week 1

Course Introduction

Week 2

James Plunkett – ‘A Touch of Genius’

Week 3

John McGahern – The Barracks

Week 4

Pat McCabe – The Butcher Boy

Week 5

Claire Keegan – Foster

Week 6

Sara Baume – Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

Week 7

Claire-Louise Bennett – Pond

Week 8

Sally Rooney – Normal People

Reading list

Plunkett, James. Collected Short Stories. London: Poolbeg Press, 1977.

McGahern, John. Amongst Women (1990). Faber, 2008

McCabe, Pat, The Butcher Boy (1992) Picador, 1992.

Keegan, Claire. Foster (2010). Faber, 2010.

Baume, Sara. Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither. Dublin: Tramp Press, 2015.

Bennett, Claire-Louise. Pond. London: Penguin Random House, 2015.

Rooney, Sally. Normal People. London: Faber, 2018.

Excerpts from above will be supplied.
Support Readings will be supplied.

Course Dates:
Monday 19th February 8pm-10pm Irish time
Monday 26th February 8pm-10pm Irish time
Monday 4th March 8pm-10pm Irish time
Monday 11th March 8pm-10pm Irish time
Monday 18th March 8pm-10pm Irish time
Monday 25th March 8pm-10pm Irish time
Monday 8th April 8pm-10pm Irish time

x8 weeks €389.99 Confirm here

Course Code MKILRP
College Name Martin Keaveney Creative Writing
Course Category Humanities & Social Sciences, Irish Literature
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Certificate of Attendance
Course Location Galway, Ireland
Course Start Date 19th February 2024
Course End Date 8th April 2024
Course Fee 389.99
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times 8-10 Mondays via Zoom.
Entry Requirements None.
Career Path English graduate degree, History graduate degree, Postgraduate study, Language degree, Journalism, Literary reviewing, Continuing Professional Development, Film and Television, Teaching and more.
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