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EH4126 Imagined Spaces_ Irish Cultural Texts

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					                    EH4126 Imagined Spaces: Irish Cultural Texts
                        3rd Year Spring Semester AY 09/10

    Faculty: Dr. Niamh Hehir, Dr. Tina O‟Toole, Dr. Jason King, Dr. David Coughlan
                          Module Leader: Dr. Niamh Hehir

Contacting Faculty:

Dr. Niamh Hehir       office: C1078 Main Building e:
                                                   Office hours Mon. 12-1
Dr. Tina O‟Toole      office: BM026 Main Building e:
                                                   To be confirmed
Dr. Jason King        office: MC1 005 Millstream   e:
                                                   To be confirmed

Students may consult with us on matters relating to the course during office hours only –
these times will be posted on our office doors. If you wish to discuss any aspect of your
coursework with us, this is your opportunity to do so – not via email or telephone. If you
wish to make an appointment to see either one of us, you may do so by email, however,
other matters will not be addressed via email.


As this module is graded by continuous assessment, attendance at tutorials/ seminars is
mandatory and will be graded accordingly. Tutorials begin in Week 3 and will be held
weekly. Attendance at and participation in these classes are fundamental to this course
and will function as a “reading group” space, where students present and discuss readings
of primary and secondary texts. In other words, these are not simply lectures by another
name – but participatory sessions where the onus will be on you to engage in discussions
of preset texts which students will be expected to have read, and to bring along, to each
tutorial. Please do not expect to be included in tutorial discussion groups if you have not
read the required material.
                   EH4126 Imagined Spaces: Irish Cultural Texts
                       3rd Year Spring Semester AY 09/10


1.   TO‟T: Course Introduction
     Imagined Spaces: Constructing „Ireland‟ in Literature and Culture

2.     TO‟T: Northern Irish Texts and Contexts: Sam Hanna Bell‟s „Other‟ Island
       Sam Hanna Bell December Bride
       Thaddeus O‟Sullivan December Bride

3.     TO‟T: Representing „The Troubles‟
       Eóin MacNamee Resurrection Man (novel and film)
       Robert McLiam Wilson Eureka Street

4.    TO‟T: (en)Gendering the Nation
      Patrick McCabe Breakfast on Pluto (novel and film)
      Neil Jordan The Crying Game

5.     NH: Mother Ireland: Woman as Emblem of Ireland
       W.B. Yeats, „Cathleen Ni Houlihan‟, Seamus Heaney, Opened Ground: Poems
       1966-1996. „Mother Ireland‟ (film, 1988, Dir. Anne Crilly)

6.     NH: „Mise Eire‟: Modern Poetic Responses to Woman as Emblem of Ireland.
        Eavan Boland, New Collected Poems, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill & Paul Muldoon. (a
       selection of poems by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Paul Muldoon will be provided
       in lectures).

7.     NH: 1984: Transitions from Mother Ireland to Modern Irish Motherhood
       Paula Meehan, “The Statue of the Virgin at Granard Speaks” & A Woman to
       Blame: The Kerry Babies Case by Nell McCafferty, „Hush A Bye Baby‟ (film,
       1990, Dir. Margo Harkin) „The Snapper‟ (film, 1993, Dir. Stephen Frears)

8.     NH: Imagining Diversity: Representations of Ethnicity in Modern Irish Literature.
       Roddy Doyle The Deportees, Maeve Kelly Orange Horses (copies of this story
       will be provided in advance) „Pavee Lackee: The Traveller Girl‟ (film, Dir. Perry
       Ogden, 2005)

9.     JK: Emigration, Repression, and the Return of the Repressed.
       Eavan Boland, “The Emigrant Irish”; Peter Tyrell Founded on Fear: Letterfrack
       Industrial School, War and Exile (2008)

10.    JK: Emigrant Memoirs and Navvy Tales.
       Donal MacAmlaigh. An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Irish Exile (1964).
           Film Screening: I Could Read the Sky (1999).

11.        JK: Emigration and the Irish Short Story:
           Frank O‟Connor. “Uprooted” (1945); Sean O‟Faolain, “A Broken World” (1937),
           & “Love Among the Irish” (1954)

12.        JK: Three Kings.
           Jimmy Murphy, The Kings of the Kilburn High Road (in Two Plays); excerpts
           from Bisi Adigun and Arambe theatre productions adaptation of Kings of the
           Kilburn High Road
           Film Screening: Kings (2007)

Easter Break Week of 29.3.10 (i.e. just after Week 9)


      1.   Tutorial Participation:     20%
      2.   Class Presentation:         20%
      3.   Presentation Report:        20%
      4.   Major Essay                 40%

2,3. Presentation and Report
Beginning in Week 5, students will be asked, on an individual basis, to give a
presentation to the tutorial group based on primary and secondary texts addressed on the
course. Guidelines for this presentation will be distributed in tutorials in Week 3.
Assessment will be based on both this presentation and a written report (1000 words) to
be handed in the week after the presentation.

4. Major Essay
The final assessment for this module will be a major essay to be submitted at the end of
semester, worth 40% of the overall course mark. Guidelines for this essay will be
distributed, along with titles, in the Week 9 lecture. You may not repeat material handed
in for other aspects of this or other modules. Please note that no late essays will be
accepted for grading.

Students who fail this module will be asked to submit two major essays during Summer
2010: titles and deadline to be agreed with the Module Leader. Each essay will count for
50% of the student‟s mark, with the final mark capped at a C3.
Statement on Plagiarism
The online Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism thus: “the action or practice of
plagiarising; the wrongful appropriation or purloining, and publication as one's own, of
the ideas, or the expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) of
another”. Where a student is found guilty of plagiarism, they will automatically be
awarded an F grade for the assignment submitted.1 Whether your plagiarism is
intentional or unintentional is of no consequence.
Plagiarism includes:
     Reproducing sections of a book or article and submitting these as your own
     Cutting and pasting material from the internet and submitting these as your own
        ideas or critical assessments
     Passing off someone else‟s work as your own
     Submitting an assignment or parts of an assignment for more than one class
     Paraphrasing, imitating or rewriting in your own words the ideas or concepts of
        another author without properly citing your sources

1Plagiarism is covered by the university‟s academic regulations section 3.5: “It is important to note that
academic cheating in all its forms (including plagiarism) is deemed to be a major disciplinary offence
under the Code of Conduct.