The MA in Irish Writing and Film will introduce you to an exceptionally rich body of cultural texts whose breadth and diversity continues to generate scholarly debate. With expert guidance, you will discover the historical and cultural contexts that inform Irish culture up to the present day, and engage in debate on a wide range of issues. You will read key texts from the eighteenth century to the present and be encouraged to engage with some of the most influential critical and theoretical models currently being applied in the analysis of Irish literature and film. You will also develop independent research in the field under the expert guidance of our academics, all of whom are themselves authors of important studies of Irish culture.
The MA in Irish Writing and Film is made up of five taught modules (Part I) and a dissertation (Part II), which together form 90 credits.
Writers studied include Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, Maria Edgeworth, Gerald Griffin, James Clarence Mangan, Sheridan Le Fanu, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Samuel Beckett, Kate O'Brien, Frank O'Connor, Brian Friel, John McGahern, Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, Anne Enright, Marina Carr and Colm Tóibín. Classic Irish films such as Man of Aran and This Other Eden are studied alongside more recent texts, while you will also engage with the work of such notable new Irish filmmakers as Lenny Abrahamson.
The subject modules and the Literary Research Skills module comprise the taught element of the MA and run from September to March. The subject modules introduce students to the specific thematic area of their choice. The Literary Research Skills module aims to equip MA students for the development and implementation of their research strategy through the acquisition of a range of research skills.
Dissertation: the dissertation will be written between March and the end of August, and will be submitted in September. It will be supervised by a member(s) of staff, after consultation and agreement, and will be 15,000 to 17,000 words. Supervision will take place between March and the end of August.
Why Choose This Course
This course will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of Irish literature and film while also encouraging you to develop as an independent and creative researcher and writer. The MA is taught by a deeply committed team who are actively engaged in research and who have international reputations in the study of Irish culture. Our team will guide and mentor you in your choice of dissertation topics and provide strong academic support throughout the degree.
The MA in Irish Writing and Film draws on rich academic expertise from our School of English. The course is unusual in integrating the study of Irish literature and film within a carefully designed academic programme and in teaching the entire history of Irish literature and film from the early eighteenth century to the present within innovatively designed modules. This course will offer you a unique opportunity to receive expert teaching in Irish culture while advancing new research and developing your own critical voice.
Our School of English has a high concentration of staff with expertise in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Irish cultural theory, the study of Irish modernism and the study of gender and sexuality. We also offer innovative teaching in such cutting-edge approaches as ecocriticism, pscyhogeography and transnational poetics.