Irish Literature

Ref: C3741229

This course, by a widely published writer, is devoted to a selection of poems by Seamus Heaney, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, and The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien. We will look at different ways of writing about Ireland, rural and urban, in poetry, in narrative both linear and non-linear. Brooklyn will be treated relatively briefly and the main burden of the course will fall on The Little Red Chairs and Seamus Heaney's poems. The course is interactive. We discuss the books, sometimes reading passages in close detail, at other times looking into themes and structure more widely. All the books, in one way or another, are about Ireland, rootedness and the loss of roots,

Course aim

This course, by a widely published writer, is devoted to a selection of poems by Seamus Heaney, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, and The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien. We will look at different ways of writing about Ireland, rural and urban.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Read prose and verse texts critically so as to see their wider meanings
  • Form of personal view of how close treatments of Irish life and culture interact with the wider world
  • Be able to discuss the language of physical description (Heaney)
  • Be able to discuss the techniques used to create a sense of home on the one hand and a 'world' of homelessness on the other (O'Brien)

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

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?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be useful to have read the two novels in advance of the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Irish Literature Course Outline

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  • 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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