Summer School 2018

Summer School 2018

In 2018, University College Cork holds its thirty-ninth International Summer
School in Irish Studies, introducing students from across the world to Irish history,
literature and culture. For the month of July, students explore key turning-points
in Ireland’s history that shaped its destiny and identity, and examine how modern
Irish writers of international significance sought to define a sense of cultural identity.
These themes are explored in lectures, seminars, and in a series of field trips, delivered
by leading experts.

In the History section, we explore the foundations of Irish identity and the quest for
political independence. We examine the earliest expressions of Irish identity and how
the literature and art of the remote past were used to create a modern, distinctive
identity. The rediscovery of that inheritance led to a cultural renaissance – the Celtic
Revival – that heralded the profound political and social changes which continue to
shape life in Ireland to this day.

The Literature course examines the works of two major Irish Writers: the poet W. B.
Yeats and the novelist James Joyce. Both writers, who had an impact of international
significance, reflect in their work the tensions and creative dynamism of their time.
Yeats viewed the emergence of modern Ireland as the child of the literary imagination,
a place “the poets imagined terrible and gay”. A contrasting voice from the time,
James Joyce, gives a very different view of the period and the role of the writer in
modern Ireland. We will read a wide selection of Yeats’s poetry, from his earliest work
to poems written in 1939, the year of his death, and Joyce’s novel A Portrait of the
Artist as a Young Man and his collection of short stories Dubliners.

The Summer School in Irish Studies in UCC aims to provide a unique learning
experience by combining a rigorous introduction to major academic themes in
the development of Irish identity with an opportunity to encounter Ireland’s rich
cultural landscape.


The School welcomes students who take the course for credit and those who choose not to enrol for credit.Students who wish to register for credit are expected to have a GPA of 2.85 or above. Students who attend the School for four weeks may take the course for up to 10 ECTS credits, 5 in Literature and 5 in History.

Students intending to take credits should indicate this clearly on the enrolment form. Students should also forward a transcript of courses already completed at their own university or college clearly stating their GPA. They should forward the address of their home institution for processing of completed credits. For further information contact Ms Marie Riordan, International Office, UCC.

Irish Summer School

University College Cork, Ireland