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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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', 'AngloIrish', '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


This 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


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.