Courses

Irish Studies Classes Fall 2019


Introduction to Modern Irish I (ENGL109301)

Nugent, Joseph G.
Credits: 03
Mon-Wed-Fri, Noon-12:50 p.m.
O’Neill Library 253

Description: This course continues in second semester as ENGL1094 In small classes and at a gentle pace, this course offers beginners an enjoyable introduction to the modern Irish language. No prior knowledge of Irish/Gaelic is required. ENGL1093 presents a superb opportunity to learn a new language, explore Irish/Celtic culture, and investigate the linguistic politics of Ireland. In addition to satisfying the Irish Studies minor requirement, this English Department course satisfies the modern language requirement of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences (by completing Intermediate Modern Irish).

Intermediate Modern Irish I (ENGL209701)

Nugent, Joseph F.
Credits: 03
Mon-Wed-Fri, 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Devlin Hall 218

Description: This is a continuing course in modern Irish for those with a basic knowledge of the language. We’ll emphasize the ability to read contemporary literature in various genres. Texts from a variety of authors and historical periods allow students to taste different writing styles: contemporary fiction, journalism, literary criticism, historical and cultural texts, while we enjoy Irish-language short films and videos.

20th Century Irish Women Writers (ENGL402301)

Howes, Marjorie E.
Credits: 03
Tues-Thurs, Noon-1:15 p.m.
Stokes Hall 403N

Description: This course will explore literary works by Irish women working in a wide range of genres: novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. We will investigate how women writers responded to the important political, social, and economic upheavals of the twentieth century: revolutions and wars, alterations in class structures, and changes in gender relations, sexual mores, and the status of women. We will also examine how our writers responded to, and helped shape, the major literary movements of the time, such as the Irish Revival and Counter-Revival, modernism and postmodernism. Writers to be studied include Augusta Gregory, Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Lavin, Theresa Deevy, Eavan Boland, Edna O’Brien, Paula Meehan, and Emma Donoghoe.

20th Century Irish Fiction (ENGL776401) GRADUATE COURSE

Smith, James M.
Credits: 03
Fri, 2:00-4:25 p.m.
Stokes Hall 476S

Description: In this graduate seminar, we will read a selection of Irish novels so as to identify, discuss and better understand complex cultural phenomena that become manifest in the aftermath of the colonial experience. The underlying premise suggests that Irish novelists participate in debates concerning national identity and, in the process, anticipate the evolution of a postnational society. Paying particular attention to issues of language, gender, place and literary authority, and to representations of religion, history, and identity, the seminar seeks to establish the inevitable heterogeneity related to the post-colonial condition.

A Day in History & Memory: Bloody Sunday, 1972-2010 (HIST482601)

Beiner, Guy
Credits: 03
Thurs, 3:00-5:25 p.m.
Burns Library

Description: On 30 January 1972, a British paratrooper unit opened fire on a protest march for civil rights in Derry/Londonderry. The events of that fatal day became a foundational moment for the Northern Irish conflict and their repercussions continued to reverberate over subsequent decades. In 2010, following a comprehensive investigation inquiry, UK prime minister David Cameron issued a public apology. This course offers a multi-perspective ‘cubist’ exploration of the charged history and memory of ‘Bloody Sunday’ and its many meanings by examining a range of sources, including state documents, legal reports, media reportage, photography, personal testimonies, poetry, songs, fiction, drama, film, visual art and commemorative practices.

Irish Fiddle/Experienced Beginner (MUSP161501)

Falls Keohane, Sheila E.
Credits: 00
Thurs, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Lyons Hall 409

Description: Performance course. 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 (MUSP260001)

Falls Keohane, Sheila E.
Credits: 00
Thurs, 7:15-8:00 p.m.
Lyons Hall 409

Description: Performance course. 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.

Traditional Irish Dance (MUSP162001)

Haggan, Caitlin M.
Credits: 00
Mon, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Studio 2