SS115 Representing Ireland - Literature and Film

The aim of this course is to analyze the varied ways in which 'Ireland' and 'Irishness' have been represented in a range of English-language media, including fiction, poetry, drama and film.  The course will be structured around particular themes such as the representation of 'The West', the contrast between city and country, the politics of theatre, gender identity, and the meaning of Irish nationality.  We will be reading works by Irish writers such as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Augusta Gregory, J.M. Synge, Liam O'Flaherty, Brian Friel, Eavan Boland and Patrick McCabe.  We will also view and discuss a number of films from both American and Irish filmmakers.  The course may include a visit to Yeats' 'Thoor Ballylee' and Lady Gregory's Coole Park estate in south County Galway. (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)



Director, Séan Ryder, M.A., Ph.D

Seán Ryder is Professor of English at NUI Galway. He was born in the United States and was educated at University College Galway and University College Dublin, where he received his Ph.D. His current research field is nineteenth-century Irish writing. He has taught and published extensively in the areas of Irish cultural nationalism, Irish cinema, and American poetry.



Lionel Pilkington, M.A., Ph.D

Lionel Pilkington was educated at University of Toronto.  He has taught as senior Lecturer in Drama at Sheffield City Polytechnic and at NUI, Galway, and is currently Head of the School of Humanities ar NUI Galway.  His research interests include theatre and political conflict in Ireland, critical theory and the cultural impact of colonialism. His book Theatre and the State in 20th Century Ireland: Cultivating the People was published in 2001 and his book Theatre and Ireland in 2010.


Fiona Bateman, M.A., Ph.D

Fiona Bateman is a graduate of University College Dublin and NUI Galway and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway. She teaches courses on Irish cinema, cinema and colonialism, and African writing. She has co-edited four volumes of essays, including Irish-Australian Studies (2002).




Mary O'Malley

Mary O’Malley is one of Ireland’s most distinguished poets. She was born in Connemara, educated at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She taught on the MA in Writing and the MA in Arts Administration in Galway for several years, and has been active in environmental education for over twenty years. She was Writer in Residence at NUI Galway from 2001 to 2009, and has held residencies in Paris, Villanova, Derry and Belfast. She is a regular broadcaster on the Irish national radio station RTE, and travels regularly to the United States and Europe to write and lecture. She is a member of Aosdána, and has received Hennessey and O’Shaughnessey Awards for her work.






Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees:
€2,010 (Euro)

€1,160 (Family Guesthouse - sharing)
- with Irish breakfast 
- €150 single supplement

€850 (Student Residences)
- without breakfast
- single occupancy

Further Information

For further information applicants should contact:

Programme Administrator
Summer School Office
NUI Galway
Tel: +353 91 495442                                                                                                                             
Fax: +353 91 525051