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EH6021: Gender and Sexuality in Irish Writing

Taking Irish literature over the past century as its main focus of enquiry, this course aims to: Interrogate the ways in which gender and sexuality have been produced or constructed within the Irish literary tradition; Explore the engagement of these texts with contemporary historical, social and political contexts; Consider changing definitions of gender and sexuality in Irish culture over the past thirty years in particular; Evaluate connections and divergences between the writing of sexuality and gender North and South during the period; Evaluate a range of theoretical approaches which have been, or might be, applied to this literature.