IRFL40170 The Narrative Art

Academic Year 2023/2024

Students will need a laptop and Wifi connection to participate fully in this module.
In this module the different genres of oral narrative will be described, and their traits discussed. An emphasis on Folktales and Oral Legends will be given. Irish examples of folk narrative will be analysed individually and on a regional basis, and then will be set within the framework of international folklore. 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:

- Have expanded their understanding of oral genres
- Have acquired a detailed knowledge of the standard reference works concerned with the cataloguing and analysis of oral narratives.
- Have enhanced their abilities in theoretical approaches to the subject such as psychoanalysis, functionalism, formalism, structuralism, and ethnographic.
-Have significantly increased their understanding of the Irish oral narrative and its principal features and with the narrative art in its wider European context.
-Have acquired a distinctive and valuable perspective on the significanct contribution of the archival holdings in the National Folklore Collection, UCD.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






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


Essay: 2000 word essay. Week 6 n/a Graded No


Essay: 2000 word essay Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Ms Aoiffe Kenny Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4 Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 12:00 - 12:50