Irish Studies Classes Spring 2019

Early Medieval Art in Ireland and Britain (ARTH 442701)

Nancy Netzer
Monday, Noon–2:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Majors

Introduction to Modern Irish II (ENGL 109401)

Matthew Holmberg
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00–11:50 a.m.

Following on from ENGL 1093, 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 Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences language proficiency requirement.

Continuing Modern Irish II (ENGL 209801)

Joseph Nugent
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10–10:50 a.m.

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 will 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.

Irish Victorian Fiction (ENGL 601201)

James H Murphy
Thursday, 4:30 – 6:55 pm
Fulfills pre-1900 requirement for undergraduates. Undergrad/Grad Level: Restricted to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students.

Now a subject of great scholarly interest, Irish Victorian fiction was long neglected because the following writers of the Irish Literary Revival, such as Yeats, sought to bolster their own importance. Twentieth-century, postcolonial critics wanted to see nineteenth-century Ireland as a fractured society incapable of fiction. In this class students will read novels that raise issues relevant to Irish Victorian fiction: the possession of land and relations between landlords and tenants; the dynamics of rural society; Gothic and allegory in writing; realism in fiction; social satire and urban fiction; women novelists and the New-Woman Novel.

Joyce’s Ulysses (ENGL 453601)

Joseph Nugent
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00–3:50 p.m.

One single semester. One demanding class. One hugely important book. This course will lead you on an extended exploration of Joyce’s Ulysses. Joyce is intermittently baffling; he’s always fascinating; he’s frequently hilarious. He’s never less than challenging. No prior knowledge of Joyce's works is required, just a willingness to tackle the challenges offered by this wonderful, astonishing, intricate text. The demand that I make of my reader, he wrote, is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works. I think a semester will do. Mainly for the daring.

Irish Gothic (ENGL 664701)

Marjorie Howes
Tuesday, Thursday 3:00–4:15 p.m.
Fulfills pre-1900 requirement.

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.

Ireland and Britain: Kingdom, Colony, Nation? ENGL 740001.

James Smith
Tuesday, 7:00–9:30 p.m.

As Seamus Deane asserts, “Ireland is the only Western European country that has had both an early and a late colonial experience.” This seminar spans the major cultural and historical moments and surveys the associated literary production connecting these experiences: the Norman invasion, the Elizabethan and Jacobean plantations, the emergence of an Anglo-Irish identity, the cultural nationalist response to imperialism, the ongoing decolonizing process, and the emergence of a post-national “liberated” society. The seminar’s main objective, therefore, is to evaluate how Irish culture manifests, responds to and/or resists the colonial encounter. In the process, students analyze the complexities of positioning Irish cultural studies in the wider context of post-colonial studies. Particular attention is paid to the issues of language, literary tradition and literary authority, and to representations of place, gender, and identity.

Seminar: Theatre and Globalization (ENGL 500501)

Patrick Lonergan, Burns Scholar, Professor of Drama, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Tuesday 11:30 a.m.–1:55 p.m.
Undergrad/Grad Level: Restricted to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students.

The globalization of world theatre has created new opportunities for dramatists to have their work produced internationally. This class considers “Irishness” as a commodity in the world literary marketplace. It shows how Irish writers have turned to international influences to transform their country’s attitudes to issues like gender, multiculturalism, sexuality and secularism. We will read plays by Brian Friel, Marina Carr and Martin McDonagh and by exciting new voices. The focus of the course is on Irish drama, but it will also examine the relationship between globalization and theatre in other national literatures and other literary forms. No prior knowledge of Irish drama or globalization is required.

Irish Politics 1916-2019: A Critical Case Study (POLI 340601)

Sean McGraw
Tuesday Thursday 3:00–4:15 p.m.
Class restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Ireland, a country rich in history, has undergone dramatic changes in the twentieth century beginning with its fight for independence and culminating in its meteoric rise during the Celtic Tiger years. What explains Ireland's distinctive political trajectory and how does it compare to other European nations? How should we understand the Celtic Tiger, the rapid series of social, economic and political transformations that have occurred within Ireland since the 1990s? This course explores these questions by studying the political actors and institutional settings of Irish politics, the nature of political influence and the shaping of political priorities, and the forces that shape policy outcomes. It will address such critical issues as the legacies of colonialism and civil war, nationalism, democratization, the relationship between the Church and State, the Northern Ireland Troubles and the European Union. While the course focuses on the Republic of Ireland, it will adopt a broad comparative perspective, situating the country both within the wider global context and within the political science literature.

Ireland at War in the 20 th Century (HIST 482301)

Oliver Rafferty
Tuesday, Thursday 1:30–2:45 p.m.

Twentieth century Ireland seemed a country imbued with violence. This was not simply because of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the War of Independence, 1919-21. The warlike propensities of the Irish had already been demonstrated by Irish involvement in the Boer War 1899-1902. These events set the parameters of what happened in Ireland in the rest of the century and included such things as the Civil War 1922-23, the activity of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in the 1930s, 40, and 50s. Ireland’s participation in both world wars and the violence of The Troubles 1969-98 will also be examined.

Irish Culture and Politics, 1798-1921 (HIST 428401)

Kevin O’Neill
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30–11:45 a.m.

This course explores Irish culture and history during the long Nineteenth Century of turbulent social and political change. It will explore the contesting visions of national identity as well as evidence about Ireland’s material culture and political evolution. By studying key works of fiction, poetry, drama and visual arts we will trace the networks that connected the artistic and political realms that defined Irish national development.

Irish Fiddle/Experienced Beginning (MUSP 161501, non-credit class)

Sheila Falls Keohane
Thursday, 6:30–7:15 p.m.

For students who have taken a full semester of Beginner Irish Fiddle (MUSP1600) or have at least one year's experience playing the violin. This class will help students continue in the development of violin technique. Students will learn more advanced Irish dance tunes with some beginning ornamentation (bowing and fingering). Students may take the experienced beginner class for more than one semester until they feel ready to move to the Intermediate level. Violin rentals are possible. A small portable recorder is required. Fall participants may continue in spring semester, but new students may not enroll in spring semester.

Irish Fiddle/Intermediate. (MUSP 260001, non-credit class)

Sheila Falls Keohane
Thursday, 7:15–8:00 p.m.

For students who have at least three years’ experience playing the violin (classical or traditional Irish) or who have taken the Experienced Beginner class (MUSP 1615) and who the instructor feels is ready for the intermediate level. Traditional music will be taught with a focus on ornamentation, bowing, and style. Airs and dance music of Ireland will be covered along with music of the ancient Bardic harpers and court musicians. Violin rentals are possible. A small portable recorder is required.