About this unit
Provided through Open Universities Australia and Griffith University, this online unit looks at several notable Irish writers and attempts to explore their work in the context of the articulation of a specific Irish national identity. You’ll study the history of the Irish Republic, including the nationalist uprising of 1916 and the subsequent establishment of the Irish Free State.
Knowledge of historical context is necessary in understanding the world in which these writers worked, but you’ll primarily be looking at the Irish Literary Revival, literary and dramatic traditions in both Britain and Ireland and the formation of the modern Irish state during the period 1880 to 1940. Texts that will be studied in Irish Literature include Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Yeats’ Selected Poems and Frank O’Connor’s Classic Irish Short Stories.
As well as literature in relation to Ireland’s establishment as an independent state, more recent work will be analysed and examined in order to understand the Irish literary canon and how it relates to more modern issues, such as the role of women.
This unit is assessed through three essays, two of them worth 30%, and the final counting for 40% of your eventual mark.
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There are no formal prerequisites for this unit, although some level of prior study of a relevant topic is recommended.
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this Irish Literature unit, the topics you will study include:
- Survey of Irish literary nationalism since the 19th Century
- Foundation of a National Theatre
- Literary responses to key events
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OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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