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ENGL350 Special Topic: Contemporary Irish and Scottish Poetry

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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
Paper code ENGL350
Subject English
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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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.

To be advised when next offered.

Teaching staff

To be advised when next offered.

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, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • 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
  • 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.

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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