ENGL 350 Special Topic: Contemporary Irish and Scottish Poetry


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. 


Professor Peter Kuch


Professor Peter Kuch, Professor Liam McIlvanney