The post-war period in Scotland and Ireland has witnessed a remarkable poetic renaissance. Much of this work has tended not only to resist metropolitan literary and linguistic norms, but also – and perhaps more importantly – to challenge inherited notions of Irish and Scottish identity. New modes of urban writing, working-class writing and women’s writing have altered the landscapes of Irish and Scottish literature. The course will examine a range of Irish and Scottish poets, adopting a comparative framework where appropriate, attending to questions of form, technique and language, and focusing on such issues as: the role of poetry in the construction of national identity; the relationship between nationality and gender; language and tradition; regional identity and the urban/rural division; poetry and politics.
Course Reader (available from the Print Shop) featuring work by Irish and Scottish poets, including: Patrick Kavanagh, Norman MacCaig, Seamus Heaney, Edwin Morgan, John Montague, John Hewitt, Tom Leonard, Paul Muldoon, Kathleen Jamie, Ciaran Carson, Carol Ann Duffy and Eilean ni Chuilleanain.