Level of study Third/Final year
Credit value 20
Pre-requisite modules You must have completed at least two years of appropriate study in this discipline.
This module offers students a chance to engage in detail with contemporary literary texts, using Irish writing from both Eire and Northern Ireland as its focus. In reading issues of content and style in a broad selection of fiction, poetry and drama, we examine the question of to what extent contemporary Ireland is best approached through the ideas of postmodernity or postcoloniality, but we may also touch on such issues as gender and the role of the Irish woman writer; the implications of writing in the English language; what significance diaspora, exile and migration continue to have in contemporary Irish culture; the degree to which the Catholic Church can still be seen as dominant in Ireland; the status of trangressive sexualities in Irish culture; and the relationships between Ireland and an increasingly globalised world.