Irish Writing (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)
1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time ; 18 places
This course offers an exploration of Irish writing in English from the late seventeenth century to the present. Trinity has educated many important writers, from Jonathan Swift to Samuel Beckett to Eavan Boland to Anne Enright. It has also long led the way in the teaching and researching of Ireland’s literature. Amid a diverse and dynamic community of students and scholars, this course will allow you to gain a thorough grounding in the field of Irish writing, from canonical figures such as Maria Edgeworth and James Joyce to contemporary critical debates around gender, sexuality, class and race.
The centrepiece of the course is the ‘Perspectives in Irish Writing’ module. Drawing on the expertise of Trinity’s world-leading faculty, it covers a range of texts, genres, contexts and critical debates central to the study of Irish literary history. It is complimented by ‘Mapping Literary Dublin’, which focuses on one of the world’s most vibrant literary cities as a site of literary production. Foundational grounding in studying and researching literature at postgraduate level is provided through the ‘Research Skills for Postgraduate English’ module.
A range of specialist option courses also enable you to shape your own distinct programme of study. In recent years, these have included: ‘Gender and Nation’, ‘Publishing Twentieth-Century Irish Literature’, ‘Big House Literature’, ‘Irish Poetry after Yeats’, and ‘Ireland on Stage’. In the final phase of the course, you will complete a dissertation. This will allow you to pursue in-depth research on a subject of your choice under expert supervision and drawing on our outstanding library and archival collections. A further exciting opportunity open to students on this course is the chance to apply for participation in a creative writing workshop led by the visiting Writer Fellow each year at the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing.
This course provides an excellent platform for moving on to doctoral research, as well as offering transferable skills for a variety of future careers, including in education, the arts, publishing and the media.
Tom Monahan (Student 2019–20)
"The Irish Writing M.Phil. was a wonderful opportunity for me both to build a foundational understanding of the trends in Irish Studies and to continue to develop my own academic interests. The course is generally structured chronologically, which helps to contextualise the literature within broad cultural, social and political movements in Ireland and abroad. The Briena Staunton Practice of Writing Seminar is a great initiative that allows the Irish Writing students to continue to exercise their creative writing muscles by conversing with prominent Irish writers in the second semester. The staff are all very generous with their time and I am greatly appreciative of the independent support they provided during the coronavirus pandemic this year. The class sizes are small enough that you get to know everyone really well and enjoy time spent inside and outside the Oscar Wilde Centre. I feel privileged to have been a part of the programme. You’ll have a fantastic year."
Emma Webb (Student 2018–19)
"What struck me most about this course once it had begun was the international appeal of it. As a student from the UK, I very much expected to be the only member of the class that wasn't Irish – how wrong I was! The large-scale appeal of Irish Writing is testament to its intricacy and depth, and it was wonderful to get international perspectives on the course content. The course teaching staff are leaders in their field and present an exemplary programme of learning, with great scope to develop one's own areas of interest alongside the 'big hitters' of the Irish literary canon - the likes of Joyce, Beckett, Swift; and a great variety between poetry, drama, fiction, memoir, printed media and other forms of writing. I would recommend this fantastic graduate course to anyone and everyone with an interest in Irish history, literature and culture."
Conor Linnie (Student 2010–11)
"My year in the M.Phil. in Irish Writing was a fantastic experience that deepened my appreciation of Irish Studies and laid the foundations for my academic career. The course was rich and diverse, taking in figures such as James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, and Elizabeth Bowen, while also introducing me to a host of fascinating writers that I had the pleasure of writing on for the first time such as Maria Edgeworth. The teaching staff always set a lively and engaging tone for each seminar, providing their invaluable expertise while at the same time encouraging each student to express themselves and to develop their ideas. Yet perhaps the most unique asset of the M.Phil. is the special atmosphere created within the confines of the Oscar Wilde Centre itself. It was there in the common room and at the seminar table long after classes had finished where I got to know my fellow students and struck friendships that have lasted to this day. The place felt like home after only a few weeks. It became a social and intellectual hub that I was sad to leave when the course eventually drew to a close. I could not recommend the M.Phil. in Irish Writing more highly to anyone looking to further their study of Irish literature. You will love it!"
1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time
Number of Places18
Closing Date30th April 2021
Applicants should have an Honours Bachelor degree (at least of upper-second class standard or GPA of 3.3) or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (such as English, History, Art History, Irish Studies, Modern Languages).
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Dr Sam Slote and Dr Julie Bates