ENG32510 Writing Dublin

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module explores the representation of Dublin as a city in literature from the 19th to the 21st centuries in poetry, drama and prose from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives. Some indicative writers on the course are: James Joyce, Sheridan Le Fanu, Mary Laffan, WB Yeats, Sean O’Casey, Brendan Behan, a selection of 20th-century women poets, Samuel Beckett, and Elaine Murphy.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to articulate with clarity, precision, and depth the core course concepts and themes as well as be able to demonstrate in writing:
· a growing confidence in your ability to analyse primary and secondary texts that situate the representation of Dublin as a city in literature from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries in poetry, prose, and drama;
· an understanding of the historical, political, economic, social, and gendered contexts related to the development of Dublin as a city as well as its figuration in literature as a site of change, revival, and stasis;
· a better understanding of the relationship between the dynamic cultural forces and developing aesthetics that have shaped Dublin over the past two centuries and continue to do so today;
· an understanding of how the experience of Dublin as a city has been and still is shaped by the evolution of various literary genres;
· the ability to articulate some of the key concepts at the intersection of urban studies and cultural geography as they have developed from the nineteenth through the twentieth centuries.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is structured around lectures and enquiry and problem-based learning, including critical writing, peer and group work, and critically-engaged class discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: An end of trimester exam based on two or more course texts. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded Yes


Continuous Assessment: A written essay (about words ) in answer to pre-assigned questions on one or more course texts. Week 7 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written and oral feedback will be provided on all written assignments post submission; this will clearly indicate strengths and weaknesses prior to the final exam. Group/class feedback will further support the continuous assessment process.

Name Role
Professor John Brannigan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Lucy Collins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Nicholas Daly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Fionnuala Dillane Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Bernadette Fox Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Margaret Kelleher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor P.J. Mathews Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Cormac O'Brien Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Emilie Pine Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 15:00 - 16:50