IRFL20030 The Narrative Art

Academic Year 2023/2024

Students will need a laptop and Wifi connection to participate fully in this module.
Tales and tellers are core to the narrative art. Within the framework of folkloristics different genres of narrative will be described, and their traits discussed. International Folktales and Legends create the corpus under examination. Irish examples of folk narrative will be analysed individually, and then will be set within the framework of folkloristic theories. Similarities and differences between oral and literary narrative will be illustrated, and the influences of folklore on the literature of Ireland will also be discussed.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students will be well acquainted with the standard reference works concerned with the cataloguing and analysis of oral narrative, and will be versed in various theoretical approaches to the subject - such as psychoanalysis, functionalism, formalism, structuralism and ethnography.

Indicative Module Content:

Lecture schedule:
(Provisional and subject to change)
Grimm Brothers

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching is carried out in lectures and in seminar-style participatory classes. Archival and primary sources are widely used in all modules, and students are also encouraged to make use of digital archive resources in their research and learning. 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: 1200 word essay Week 10 n/a Graded No


Essay: 1200 word essay Week 6 n/a Graded No


Examination: end of semester exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

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Name Role
Ms Aoiffe Kenny Lecturer / Co-Lecturer