LIT248 :

Convenor(s): Prof Adam Piette


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

General Information

The module will look at Irish fiction as an engagement with the extraordinary political changes undergone by Ireland in the transition to a free Republic, looking at stories/novels which stage (political) violence and mental/political disturbances of all kinds, from domestic abuse through to terrorism, attacks on the Big Houses, outrages of the struggle against Britain and during the civil war. It will also be looking at a range of topics, which may include: representations of Dublin and city spaces more generally; relations between Irish writing and the Revival; comedy and satirical modernism; allegories of Ireland in the gender politics and psychology of the novels and short stories; critique of Catholic and nationalist ideologies; staging of secular/Nietzschean versions of heaven and hell; the relationship between Irish culture and Europe / European modernism. The three key writers will be James Joyce, Flann O’Brien and Samuel Beckett – and consideration of texts by Elizabeth Bowen, Sean O’Faolain, and Frank O’Connor.



Two hours of seminars every week for eleven weeks — one hour will be devoted to group discussion of the weekly assigned reading, with appropriate close analysis of the texts and historical/cultural overview. The second hour will consist of 10-minute student presentations of initial drafts/ideas for their seminar essays plus discussion, followed by a group work aimed at analysis of material providing supplementary historical and theoretical contexts for the core texts being studied that week.

2 essays, 1500 and 2500 words, weighted 40% / 60%

Contact Details

Prof Adam Piette 0114 2228494

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:18 PM (BST)


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