LANG 3069 Reading Ireland in the 1990s: Fiction, Poetry, Drama

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102078

Coordinator Anne Jamison Opens in new window

Description 'Reading Ireland in the 1990s' is a level 3 unit within the English and Creative Writing Majors/Sub-Majors. This unit examines a range of Irish writing across several different genres - fiction, poetry and drama published during the 1990s. It will provide an opportunity for students to read and study in detail a variety of texts that assert new directions in Irish literary culture. Students will be asked to consider the ways in which these texts ask questions of national and personal self-definition in the face of Ireland's new political developments both north and south of the border, as well as attempt to analyse and understand contemporary Irish consciousness.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Restrictions Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain a range of contemporary Irish texts in their intellectual, historical and critical contexts.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of authors and critical approaches within this literary period, and to make connections between them.
  3. Display skills in critical reasoning, includign the ability to assess other critical readings.
  4. Show an awareness and appreciation of the formal and aesthetic dimensions of contemporary Irish literature.
  5. Recognise and formally analyse, in context, different genres of writing.
  6. Organise, plan and deliver a critically-informed literary essay.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of authors and critical approaches within this literacy period, and to make connections between them.

Subject Content

- Irish literature (fiction, poetry, drama) published/set during the 1990s
- The changing political and cultural landscape of Ireland both north and south of the border, particularly in relation to the following: 1. the build up to, and signing of, the Good Friday Agreement in 1998; 2. the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1
- Gender and sexuality; queer theory
- The history of the 'troubles' and the Northern Irish conflict
- The tensions between tradition and modernity in Ireland; the relationship between Church and State
- Revisionist history and The mythologies of Ireland
- The act of reading and narrative instability; storytelling in Ireland; national memory and loss
- Irish feminism; lesbian identity; the changing role of women in the 1990s
- Political violence and nationalist ideologies; Ireland as postcolonial subject


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 6 in-class quizzes (3 short answers per quiz; 10 minutes) 1000 words in total 15 N Individual
Essay 1200words 35 N Individual
Essay 2000 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • The subject's content will vary from year to year and selections will be made from a variety of texts by Irish authors published, or set in, Ireland during the 1990s. Students will not be expected to purchase more than 5 texts each year. The list below offers sample texts for the subject.
  • Specific editions of the texts are not required and the subjects ear to year offering will always be subject to commercial availability: DRAMA Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa. Anne Devlin, After Easter. Marina Carr, The Mai. Sebastian Barry, The Stewart of Christendom. Christina Reid, Clowns.
  • FICTION Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy. John McGahern, Amongst Women. Emma Donoghue, Hood. Colm. Toibin, The Blackwater Lightship. Anne Enright, The Portable Virgin.
  • OETRY Seamus Heaney, Seeing Things. Eavan Boland, In a Time of Violence. Sinead Morrissey, There was Fire in Vancouver. Michael Longley, The Ghost Orchid.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



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