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M. Phil. in Irish writing (M.Phil./P.Grad. Dip.)

Course Directors: Prof Nicholas Grene, Dr Eve Patten

Course Code TRT20


One year, full-time

Closing Date:

31st March in the year in which admission is sought

Irish Writing in English since the sixteenth century has involved a remarkable flowering of creativity in a wide variety of genres. Trinity College has often been to the fore in this and numbers such major figures as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett among its graduates. The well-known contemporary writers William Trevor, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Eavan Boland, Sebastian Barry and Anne Enright continue a tradition that has seen many of the college's graduates contribute to Ireland's reputation as a country in which excellent writing is produced and celebrated.

The course in Irish Writing offers graduates in English or related disciplines (e.g. history, art history, Irish Studies, a modern language) the opportunity to study the broad range of Irish Writing in English. A central element of the course requires students to concentrate on four major literary figures: Jonathan Swift, W.B.Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. This course is accompanied by a further required course which offers students a series of perspectives on Irish Writing, from the sixteenth century to the present day. There is also a course on Research Methods which trains students in literary scholarship and its presentation. These elements are complemented by a series of option courses from which students are invited to select two in a given year, one in each semester.

The course is designed to be complete in itself but can serve as preparation for those wishing to proceed to further research in the field. Assessment is by presented essays and a dissertation.

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second, GPA of at least 3.3). Some previous knowledge of Irish Writing is also desirable. Admission to the course is competitive due to a restricted quota.

Course Directors:

Professor Nicholas Grene

Room 4007
School of English,
Arts Building,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-896-1179

Dr Eve Patten

Room 4039,
School of English,
Arts Building,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-896-1299

Course Administrator

Ms Lilian Foley,

Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing,
School of English, Trinity College, Dublin,
21 Westland Row,
Dublin 2.
Telephone: 353-1-896-2885 (mornings)

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Last updated 25 January 2013 School of English (Email).