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ENGL250 Special Topic: Irish Literature in English

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A special study of Irish literature written in English.

Ireland has produced four Nobel Prize winners for Literature (Shaw, Yeats, Beckett, Heaney) and a host of other writers of the highest quality (Wilde, Synge, O'Casey, Joyce). This paper examines this phenomenon against the background of the "Troubles" as Ireland gained its independence.
Two major themes will be:

  1. The establishing of a national theatre (and voice)
  2. The ambivalence of (Irish) identity
The emphasis in this paper will be on the Anglo-Irish writers of the first half of the century, many of whom opposed the platitudes of patriotism, but whose writings embraced (often bitterly, ironically) issues of nationalism and the forging of a distinctive Irish identity.

Paper title Special Topic: Irish Literature in English
Paper code ENGL250
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Peter Kuch
  • Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest (Dover).
  • Shaw, G. B. Mrs Warren's Profession. In Plays Unpleasant (Penguin)
  • Synge, J. M. The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea. In J. M. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World and Other Plays (Oxford World Classics)
  • O'Casey, Sean. Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars. In Sean O'Casey: Three Dublin Plays (Faber and Faber)
  • Joyce, James. Dubliners (Penguin)
  • Beckett, Samuel, More Pricks than Kicks (Grove Press)
  • Yeats, W. B. Selected Poetry (Penguin)
  • O'Brien, Flann. At Swim-Two-Birds (Picador)
  • Friel, Brian. Translations (Faber and Faber)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
To be advised.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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