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SPRING 2015

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
Introduction to Modern Irish II (ENGL 109401)
Nugent, Joseph
        Credits: 03
Tues - Thurs
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Stokes Hall 363S

Description: Following on from ENGL1093, this course offers a continuing introduction to the Irish language for American students. We will continue along our examination of Irish culture and literature through the Irish language. You can look forward to reading contemporary texts, poetry, and drama and to enlarging your understanding of the cultural heritage out of which the language emerged. Completion of this and Continuing Modern Irish I and II will fulfill the Arts and Sciences language requirement.
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Continuing Modern Irish II (ENGL 209801)
Nugent, Joseph
         Credits: 03   
Tues - Thurs
9 am - 10:15 am
Stokes Hall 363S  
     

Description: In this completion of the two-year cycle of Irish language learning, we will engage deeply with modern texts and work with Irish through other media-sound and film. You will become familiar with contemporary texts and engage in a sustained project of reading and translating in the original Irish one or more of the great works of literature written in Irish. 
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Irish Gothic (ENGL 8880001)       GRADUATE COURSE
Howes, Marjorie     Credits: 03
Thurs
4:30 pm - 6:55 pm
Gasson Hall 208

Description: Ghosts and vampires, lunatics and criminals, human corruption and supernatural punishment: these things have fascinated generations of Irish writers and readers. This seminar will investigate why Ireland produced such a rich tradition of Gothic literature, beginning in the early nineteenth century and continuing right up to the present. We will also explore various critical and theoretical approaches to the genre: political, historical, pshychological, sexual, and religious. Writers to be studied include Maria Edgeworth, Sheridan LeFanu, Charles Maturin, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Bowen, and Patrick McCabe.


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Irish Gothic (ENGL 664701)
Howes, Marjorie     Credits: 03
Tues - Thurs
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Cushing Hall 333


Description: Vampires, demons, madness, imprisonment, and murder: this course investigates why, during the turbulent 19th century, Irish writers turned again and again to the macabre themes and unconventional narrative modes of the Gothic. Writers to be studied include Maria Edgeworth, Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, Charles Maturin, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde.
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HISTORY DEPARTMENT
Ireland since the Famine (HIST 427901)
Rafferty, Oliver        Credits: 03
Tues - Thurs
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Higgins Hall 275

Description: This course will explore the complex political, cultural, and social history of Ireland since the Great Famine. Topics considered will include the Irish Famine, the emergence of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, Parnell and the Land War, Unionism, and the Crisis of Home Rule. We will also address the Gaelic and literary revival, women's suffrage, the struggle for independence, Civil War and the partition of the island, economic development, The Troubles, and the emergence of the Celtic Tiger that has transformed Ireland over the past decade.
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Irish Identity Formation & Expression (HIST 486301)
Bracken, Damien      Credits: 03
Tues - Thurs
9 am - 10:15 am
Stokes Hall

Description: This course expelores the impact of the coming of literacy and Christianity to Ireland, and how this new learning shaped identity, concepts of authority, morality, and views of the past. It explores how the newly formed literate elite readily assimilated texts and ideas from continental Europe and from the past and adapted them to local circumstances. Int the process, they formed a new cultural identity for their own people, situated them within the wider contemporary world and its history, and altered the way the rest of the western world looked at them.
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Media and Modern Ireland (HIST 428101)
Savage, Robert      Credits: 03
Mon - Wed
3:00 pm - 5:25 pm
Devlin Hall 218

Description: This course is NOT open to students who have taken HS 378. This course will use a varaiety of sources, including feature and documentary film, to address the transformation of twentieth century Irish society. Students will work with an array of primary and secondary sources to consider how the development of an indigenous film industry and an electronic media challenged and ultimately undermined a conserative political, cultural, and religious consensus that dominnated life in post-indnependence Ireland.
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MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Tin Whistle/Beginner (MUSP 160601)
Noonan, James      Credit:  00
Thurs
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lyons Hall 429

Description: Learn to read and play the basic airs and dance music of Ireland on tin whistle. At the conclusion of this course, students will have the opportunity to perform in concert with advanced fiddle and whistle students. Lessons are taught by Jimmy Noonan, an award-winning and highly respected tin whistle and flute player and teacher. Any make of D-major tin whistle is required and is available for purchase locally at nominal cost. A portable recording devie is required. Fall participants may continue in the spring semester, but new students are not elibible to enroll in the spring course.
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Tin Whistle/Intermediate (MUSP 260601)
Noonan, James      Credit: 00
Thurs
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lyons Hall 429

Description: For stsudents who have completed a full semester of Beginner Tin Whistle or who have at least one year's experience playing flute. The class will help students develop whistle playing while learning more advanced Irish tunes with beginning ornamentation common to Irish music. Lessons are taught by Jimmy Noonan, an award-winning and highly respected tin whistle and flute player and teacher. Any make of D-major tin whistle is required and is available for purchase locally at nominal cost. A portable recording devie is required. Fall participants may continue in the spring semester, but new students are not elibible to enroll in the spring course.
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Traditional Irish Dance (MUSP 162001)
Jordan, Kieran      Credit:  00
Wed
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dance Studio

Description: This course will introduce students to the traditional dances of Ireland, including solo step dance footwork and group set and caili dances. The class will include warm-ups, technique, and choreography, as well as occasional short readings, video viewings, and music listening exercises. Students will gain an understanding of Irish traditional musical rhythms, while physically embodying their intrinsic connection to the dance patterns. An uplifting and invigorating class. All levels are welcome.
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