Literature: Irish Writing

Ref: C2523262

Beginning with some Irish folk-tales and continuing with poets such as W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, we will draw on some of Ireland's and Northern Ireland's most talented authors as we discuss its turbulent past. Authors will include James Joyce, Claire Keegan, William Trevor, Molly Keane, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright.

Course aim

The course will examine a selection of Irish writers and their writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course is for anyone who loves reading, researching and talking about literature.

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

  • Define what we mean by 'Irish Writers' and 'Irish Writing'.
  • Confidently discuss the Anglo-Irish traditions in the texts.
  • List three influences on Irish Writing - either historical, cultural or political.
  • Identify at least 3 different periods of Irish Writing

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • We will read the following novels: Roddy Doyle's 'Paddy Clarke, Ha, Ha, Ha', Molly Keane's 'Good Behaviour', William Trevor's 'The Story of Lucy Gault' and Anne Enright's 'The Green Road'.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You would find it helpful to read the novels before the course starts. Extracts from the novels will be provided as will photocopies of other texts. You will also have a weekly research and reading task.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Literature: Irish Writing


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