On completion of the course students should be able to
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of representative works in the genre of contemporary Irish fiction
- analyse, reflect upon, evaluate, and apply literary terms and theories in the context of contemporary Irish fiction
- demonstrate an ability to independently identify and formulate key issues in contemporary Irish fiction
- demonstrate an ability to clearly and persuasively argue for a variety of literary interpretations in correct and advanced English, orally and in writing
A number of texts are read from the viewpoint of different schools of literary theory, such as poststructuralism and psychoanalytic theory. Besides being introduced to theoretical texts, students will study a number of critical articles dealing directly with the texts studied on the course.
The students are assessed through seminar activities, and hand-in assignments. Assignments which are turned in after the stated deadline cannot receive the grade of Pass with Distinction unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Forms of Study
The course consists of obligatory seminars, in which students are expected to participate actively. In order to facilitate the response and development of the students’ analytic skills, the different theories studied will be applied to a limited range of texts through hand-in assignments. All teaching is conducted in English.
The Swedish grades U - VG
- 90 ECTS-credits of English, including 30 ECTS-credits at Undergraduate Level 2.
The course was part of the Main field of English until 2015-08-01.
2009-07-01 (addition in Assessment)
2011-11-16 (literature change)
2014-04-03 (Main field added)
2015-11-03 (Main field removed)
- Banville, J. (2005) The Book of Evidence. London: Vintage. (224 p).
- Doyle, R. (1996) The Woman Who Walked into Doors. London: Jonathan Cape.
- McCabe, P. (1992) The Butcher Boy. London: Picador.
- McLiam Wilson, R. (1996) Eureka Street. London: Secker & Warburg.
- Ní Dhuibhne, E. (1999) The Dancers Dancing. Belfast: Blackstaff. (242 p).
- Toíbín, C. (1999) The Blackwater Lightship. London: Picador.