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

Course Directors: Dr Julie Bates and Dr Sam Slote

Course Code: TRT20
  • Students intending to apply for this course should click here for general details on how to apply.

Duration:

One year, full-time

Closing Date:

7th July in the year in which admission is sought

What is it?

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. At the heart of the course are two modules: Perspectives in Irish Writing and Mapping Literary Dublin. Both modules are designed to interrelate and give students a series of diverse perspectives on Irish Writing, from the sixteenth century to the present day. The Perspectives module is organised along four themes: Revision, Satire, Borders, and Identities. The Mapping Literary Dublin module will feature field trips to numerous sites within Dublin that form a part of Ireland’s literary history, such as Marsh’s Library, Smock Alley Theatre, and the National Library of Ireland.

In addition to these two core modules, students can choose two out of the following four term-long options: Ulysses, Samuel Beckett, Maria Edgeworth, and Big House Literature. Students will also take a module on research methods.

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.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

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.

Further Information

Students seeking more detailed information on this course should click on this link.

Contact

Course Co-Directors

Dr Julie Bates
School of English
Arts Building
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-896-1179
Email: batesju@tcd.ie

Dr Sam Slote
School of English
Arts Building
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-896-1319
Email: slotes@tcd.ie

Course Administrator

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

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