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Irish Literature


The bards, playwrights, and fiction writers of Ireland have led the way in negotiating Ireland’s colonial past, representing its religious ideals, and constructing its national identity. This minor introduces Seton Hall students to Irish literature from the pre-Christian Irish myths and epics, to the founding of the Irish National Theatre, to the Northern Irish Troubles, to contemporary Irish poetry, drama, and narratives of emigration.

Whether you are of Irish heritage or just love Ireland, join us to experience the literary representations of the Irish experience as it has evolved over 2000 years.


Course Requirements

Prerequisites: ENGL 1201 and 1202


ENGL 2204 Introduction to Literature Studies (3 credits)

HIST 3254/CORE 3424 Early Modern Ireland OR
HIST 3264/CAST 3264/CORE 3425 Modern Ireland (3 credits)

ENGL 3314/CORE 3380 Irish Literature: Celtic Revival to the Present OR
ENGL 4421/CORE 3383 Irish Literature Past and Present (3 credits)

Electives (choose three):

ENGL 3112 Irish Women Writers
ENGL 3315/CORE 3374 James Joyce’s Ulysses
ENGL 3300 Irish and Anglo-Irish Literature of the 18th Century
ENGL 3301 Modern Irish Drama
ENGL 3304 The Irish Short Story
ENGL 3302 Bards Past and Present: The Myth and Poetry of Ireland

Total: 18 credits

CIIIS: Critical Inquiries into Irish Studies

CIIIS: Critical Inquiries into Irish Studies, an interdisciplinary journal for students and scholars of Irish literature and culture, is published annually by the English Department of Seton Hall University with BePress as part of Digital Commons. Contact the editors, Dr. Martha Carpentier ([email protected]) and Dr. Elizabeth Redwine ([email protected]), for more information.

Travel to Ireland

Enrich your Minor in Irish Literature with a trip to Ireland. Every other spring break, the Department of English leads a 7-9 day trip to Ireland. For details, see here.

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