LIT223 : Irish Writing: Literature, Language, Performance

Convenor(s): Dr Matthew Campbell


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

The contribution of Irish writers to modern and contemporary literature is immense. This is not just in the novels of Joyce, the poetry of Yeats or the drama of Beckett. Irish writing also provides a model for the development of national theatres, for fiction and poetry in time of war and ethnic conflict, and for the challenges to language and identity in times of cultural change. This module will introduce students to a range of writers of Irish drama, poetry and fiction from the late nineteenth century until the present day. It will allow students to analyse innovations in language and style. And it will provide an intimate account of the relation between literature and the contexts of postcolonialism, language change, revolution or political conflict.


Students will be expected to attend two classes of one hour each per week. There will be a large group of one hour devoted to the background and contexts of the period, plus a weekly seminar of one hour where students will discuss specific texts in detail.


The module will be assessed by two pieces of written work.

Assessment one: A shorter single-text-based essay (1500 words, worth 40%) set mid-semester.

Assessment two: A longer thematic essay (2500-3000 words worth 60%) will be set at the end of the semester. Full dates for assessment will be given in the first seminar of the semester.

Contact Details

Dr Matthew Campbell, tel: (0114) 2228458

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:14 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK