Short Title:Irish Literature & Identity
Full Title:Irish Literature & Identity
Module Code:LITR H4010
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Political Science and civics
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to interrogate the concepts of culture and identity as they relate to Irish history and society. In achieving this aim students will be invited to engage with a range of theories and critical debates through analysis of both literary and media texts.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the concept of culture and the interpretation(s) most relevant to the Irish case
LO2 Describe the role of various political and cultural forces in the formation of Celtic and Irish identity in pre and post Independent Ireland
LO3 Discuss the nature of contemporary identity in the context of economic and cultural globalizing trends
LO4 Evaluate the significance of reconfiguring identities as an aspect of contemporary, globalized culture.
LO5 Assess the extent to which literary texts are capable of giving expression to aspects of Irish Identity.
LO6 Examine contrasting representations of the ‘country’ and the ‘city’ in certain 20th-century Irish literary texts
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Theories of Culture
Culture as language, tradition, folklore; as ‘aesthetic excellence’; culturalist and structuralist perspectives on culture as site of conflict and hegemony; critical perspectives on contemporary global culture.
Irish Culture and Identity
Celtic identity, the rise of primitivism and the politics of pastoralism; Stereotypes and the feminization of the Gael; Celtic revival and its aftermath in Ireland; Conflict and change; urbanization, industrialization, secularization;emergence of a networked society; Literary and filmic interrogations.
Contemporary Culture and National Identity
Collective redefinition and burgeoning multiculturalism; postmodern relativism versus traditional absolutism; issues of traditional identity, heritage, history and language in literature and modern media.
Introduction to Identity as contained in the novel
McGahern and Doyle, for example, capture very different images of Irishness and Irish identity in their works and in some ways display a binary opposition consisting of town and country, tradition and modern.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Students are required to complete an essay of approximately 2000 words. The purpose of the essay should be to allow students to explore in more detail one of the themes covered in the module and engage in independent further study. Students should be given a choice of essays and work should be presented using appropriate academic referencing and bibliographic conventions. 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   70.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Kirby,P., Gibbons,L., and Cronin,M. 2002, Reinventing Ireland: Culture and the Celtic Tiger, Pluto Press
  • Diane Negra, editor 2006, The Irish in us, Duke University Press Durham [ISBN: 978-0822337409]
  • Ferriter, D 2005, The Transformation of Ireland, 1900-2000, Profile Books
  • Boss, M., and Maher, E. 2003, Engaging Modernity: Readings of Irish Politics, Culture & Literature at the Turn of the Century, Veritas
  • Kiberd, D 1996, Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation, Vintage London
  • Pittock, G.H 1999, Celtic Identity and the British Image, Manchester Uni., Press
  • McGahern, John 1990, Amongst Women, Faber&Faber
  • Doyle, Roddy 1998, The Snapper, Vintage
Recommended Book Resources
  • edited by Wanda Balzano, Anne Mulhall and Moynagh Sullivan, Irish postmodernisms and popular culture, Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 978-0230008700]
  • Carmen Kuhling and Kieran Keohane 2007, Cosmopolitan Ireland : Globalisation and Quality of Life, Pluto Press [ISBN: 978-0745326498]
  • Storey, J. 2008, An Introduction to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, Harvester Wheatsheaf
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Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HEURS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in European Studies 7 Elective