Course Description

Irish Literature – Text in Context – REMOTE

Martin Keaveney Creative Writing

Irish Literature – Text in Context – University Level Module
(Introduction Level Course of Study)
This series on Irish Literature will explore the text and context contribution of  a broad range of Irish writers from an Ireland in the late 19th century,  where writers felt compelled to leave Ireland  to pursue their art, up to 2020 where they chose to leave to broaden their experience. The programme is delivered 1-1 and you will be invited to send a written piece each week. This will be assessed and feedback will be returned weekly.  You can also submit a  Final Project with room for more expanded discussion on what you have learned and discussed. This will also be assed. Excerpts of subject texts and all support readings will be supplied. Slide deck for each session will also be made available.  As this is an individual program, the pace of  learning can be adjusted to suit your learning requirements.
Course objectives:
  • To increase levels of understanding and awareness of the subject authors and their works with particular emphasis on text and context
  • To develop and find areas that will be of further interest for future study: for example special periods / or authors within  the course.
  • To develop a series of draft essays that may be develop into more substantial written work with a view to study.
  • To increase research and scholarship capabilities
  • To enrich and develop appreciation of fine literature
  • To increase understanding the development of Ireland as a nation in the context of literary artistic production
ILI – 
Week 1 – ‘Introduction’ – What is Irish Literature?
We will question what is Irish Literature, and look through the main players for the course to come.
Week 2 –  ‘Leaving Home’ – 19th Century Ireland – The Foundations of Modern Irish  Literature
Subject Author – Hannah Lynch
Subject Text – Autobiography of a Child, Dodd, Mead & Company 1899.
Week 3 – ‘The Living and The Dead’ –  Early 20th Century Ireland – The Emergence of Modernist Writing
Subject Author – James Joyce
Subject Text – ‘The Dead’ GR,1914.
Week 4 – ‘The Jumping Irishman’ – The Irish Free State & Literature
Subject Author – Flann O’Brien
Subject Text – Various Excerpts
Week 5 – ‘No sex please, We’re Irish’  – Censorship & Irish Literature
Subject Author – Edna O’Brien
Subject Text – The Country Girls, Hutchinson, 1960.
Week 6 – ‘GUBU’ – Irish Literature & 1980s Changes in Ireland
Subject Author – John Banville
Subject Text – The Book of Evidence S&W, 1988.
Week 7 – ‘The Lost Brown Envelope’ — Boom Ireland
Subject Author  – Mike McCormack
Subject Text – Solar Bones Tramp, 2016
Week 8 – ‘Exciting Times’ – Irish Literature & The Snowflakes Generation
Subject Author – Naoise Dolan
Subject Text – Exciting Times, W&N 2020.
Reading List
(With available title publishers)
Lynch, Hannah. An Autobiography of a Child  Prabhat Prakashan 2008 (Kindle)
Joyce, James. Dubliners Lilliput, 2008
O’Brien, Flann. TBA. Includes At Swim-Two-Birds (Penguin 2000).
O’Brien, Edna .The Country Girls W&N 2007.
Banville, John. The Book of Evidence, 
McCormack, Mike. Solar Bones, Tramp, 2016
Dolan, Naoise. Exciting Times, W&N 2020.
Excerpts from above will be supplied.
Support Readings will be supplied
Course Dates:
  • Wednesday 15th November  8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Wednesday 22nd November  8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Wednesday 6th December 8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Wednesday 13th December  8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Wednesday 20th December  8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Wednesday 10th January 2024 8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Wednesday 17th January 2024   8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Wednesday 24th January 2024 8pm-10pm Irish time
x8 weeks €389.99 Confirm here

Course Code MKILTC
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 15th November 2023
Course End Date 24th January 2024
Course Fee 389.99
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times 8-10 Wednesdays
Title of Awarding Certificate of Completion
Entry Requirements None
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