New Irish Writers

Ref: C2338002

One new writer has summarized the previous generation of Irish authors: “historical novels were the order of the day, concentrating on deprivation and emigration, rural poverty, famine and the power of the church. Irish literature had gotten smug and self-congratulatory during the Boom years; lots of novels about how terrible Ireland’s past was, with all its sexual repression and poverty. Heritage literature, and very conservatively told.” We will ask: does he have a point? Books – we will choose and agree to read three books from a given list: About the Writers (available on request), but a suggested choice might be: Sarah Baume; A Line Made by Walking (2017); Paul Murray: Skippy Dies; Kevin Barry: City of Bohane; Mary Costello: Academy Street; or other…

Course aim

We will examine and explore recent books from a new generation of young Irish writers: “original and bold… dynamic, radical, and often female …”

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • identify key themes and structures in the chosen titles
  • discuss and comment on the ways that the chosen authors signify a break with the past
  • select passages for close reading, which illustrate key points and opinions
  • participate in readings, presentations, discussions and debate with others
  • relate the course’s subject-matter to wider social, political and cultural contexts

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional reading in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • you will need to acquire copies of the agreed books from the suggestions above; and keep up with readings as suggested by the tutor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • you will need to acquire copies of the agreed books from the suggestions below; and keep up with readings as suggested by the tutor.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

New Irish Writers Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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