The post-war period in Ireland and Scotland 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 paper 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.
|Paper title||Special Topic: Contemporary Irish and Scottish Poetry|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2019|
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- 18 200-level ENGL points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of English and Linguistics' website
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Professor Peter Kuch
Lecturers: Professor Peter Kuch and Professor Liam McIlvanney
- Paper Structure
- Chronological but with equal emphasis on thematic and linguistic contrasts and comparisons.
- Teaching Arrangements
- Lectures, seminars and tutorials as designated in the course outline.
- 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.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research,
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of the paper students should have a sound knowledge of the key technical
and thematic features of contemporary Scottish and Irish poetry and be able to articulate
their views cogently both in discussion and writing.
They should be able to draw appropriate parallels and contrasts between the two literatures and examine issues of national identity, religion, politics, class, gender, urban-rural division and language as presented in the set texts.