Irish Writing (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)
1 Year Full Time ; 18 places
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The course offers graduates in English or in related disciplines (e.g. history, art history, Irish studies, a modern language) the opportunity to study a broad range of Irish writing in English from the late-sixteenth century to the present. It also involves close study of single authors and addresses thematic aspects of the subject. The course is designed to be complete in itself, but can also serve as preparation for those who wish to proceed to further research in the field.
The course consists of five modules:
This module, taught in a weekly two-hour seminar, covers the work of four major individual authors from the Irish literary tradition. In Michaelmas term we study Swift and Yeats, and in Hilary term, Joyce and Beckett.
Perspectives in Irish Writing:
This module introduces students to the socio/cultural contexts in which Irish writing in English developed from the late sixteenth century through to the twenty-first century. It investigates key terms that students will encounter in the critical literature on Irish writing and culture: Anglo-Irish, Protestant Ascendancy, the Gaelic tradition, colonialism, the Big House, romantic and cultural nationalism, the Literary Revival. In addition to covering the significant authors of the tradition, it also addresses such issues as authorship, publishing history and reception as they bear on the emergence and development of a national literature in English and explores a number of theoretical issues.
Students take one option module in each of the semesters, choosing from the variety of special subjects on offer each year. These special subjects include: Publishing Twentieth Century Irish Literature, Big House Literature, Irish Poetry after Yeats, Ireland on Stage, and Creative Writing.
In place of the special subjects offered in the second term, students may enrol for a Creative Writing Workshop (an element of the M.Phil. in Creative Writing). Entry to this workshop is restricted and based on assessment of a portfolio of the student's creative writing, which must be presented before the end of the first term.
A dissertation (15,000-18,000 words) is planned in consultation with a Course Director during the second (Hilary) term and is written under the guidance of a supervisor. This work is undertaken in the third term (Trinity term) and in the long vacation (April-August).
Assessment is by a combination of course papers and exercises and dissertation.
Further information on the course in provided for incoming students in the course handbook and on the website of the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing of the School of English: www.tcd.ie/OWC/courses/irish/
Emma Webb (Student 2019)
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 (Grad 2011)
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
Number of Places18
Closing Date31 April 2020
Applicants should have a good honors degree (at least an upper second or equivalent, 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.
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