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EL40UW: CONTEMPORARY NORTHERN IRISH CULTURE: VIOLENCE, MEMORY, AND TRAUMA (2014-2015)

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Course Overview

This course considers how several writers and visual artists have framed questions to do with the representation of violence, and how they have been framed by them. The course also aims to counteract the myth perpetuated by 'Troubles Trash Thrillers' that Northern Ireland is a knowable state, a hellish stasis left behind by world history. Themes studied on this course include: the ability to represent violence and trauma in both literature and the visual arts; identity politics; the impact of the Troubles (and the current ceasefire) on Northern Irish literature and visual culture.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Shane Alcobia-Murphy

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

None.

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

What is the role of the artist in a divided society? Must he or she engage with political events? Situated within a particular community, must the writer or visual artist forego subjective response in favour of objectivity? With so many questions impinging on Northern Irish artists, the aesthetic and critical grounds have become narrower and narrower. This course considers how several writers and visual artists have framed these questions and how they have been framed by them. The course also aims to counteract the myth perpetuated by Troubles Trash Thrillers that Northern Ireland is a knowable state, a hellish stasis left behind by world history. The texts studied on this course offer an implicit critique of this genre. Themes studied on this course include: the ability to represent violence and trauma in both literature and the visual arts; the use (and abuse) of history as a representational strategy; identity politics; the impact of the Troubles (and the current ceasefire) on Northern Irish literature and visual culture.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Essay 1 (2500 words - 30%); Essay 2 (3500 words 50%); oral presentation (10%); Seminar Assessment Mark (10%) Resit: For honours students only: candidates achieving CAS mark of 6 - 8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit a new essay.

Formative Assessment

Oral feedback will be given throughout seminar discussion. Written and oral feedback will be given on the first essay in good time to be of benefit before the second essay is submitted.

Feedback

Feedback will be given in both written and oral form and via the standard programme cover sheet.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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