LIT201 Irish Literature (8)


Students will be introduced to major political and social issues in twentieth-century Ireland which provide a context for the literature. The focus then will be on a selection of texts written by Irish writers since the 1890s.

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Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LIT201
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between social, political and cultural issues in twentieth century Ireland and the literature of the period
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major lines of development in Irish literature from the 1890s to the present
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the significance for literature of terms such as 'Irish', 'Anglo-Irish', 'Celtic', 'Gaelic'
- be able to demonstrate an appreciation of major literary forms in modern Irish literature having studied a selection of texts
- be able to demonstrate continuing development of their critical skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Political, social and cultural developments in twentieth century Ireland - Meaning of terms such as 'Irish', 'Anglo Irish', 'Celtic', 'Gaelic' - Developments in Irish poetry - Yeats to the present - Irish fiction: James Joyce to novels of the early 21st century - The Abbey Theatre and Irish drama - Irish contemporary memoirs


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.