Irish Studies (2016 - 2018)
Basic Language Courses in Irish
The focus is on learning Irish (sometimes referred to as Gaelic) as it is spoken in the Irish-speaking regions of Ireland, known as the Gaeltacht. The courses utilize conversation and song, aiming to promote fluency in spoken Irish, as well as proficiency in reading and writing. Students progress to conversation, translations, compositions, and readings from contemporary Irish literature. They also participate in Irish-speaking events at Glucksman Ireland House. Intermediate Irish II (IRISH-UA 103) fulfills the College Core Curriculum language requirement. M.A. level courses are open by application to advanced undergraduate students.
Elementary Irish I
IRISH-UA 100 Identical to EURO-UA 100. Open to students with no previous training in Irish. 4 points.
The rudiments of the language, including phonemes and pronunciation, syntactical structure, and verbal conjugations. Introduction to history of the language and to Irish culture, including discussions of family and place names. Students begin speaking with basic sentence structures.
Elementary Irish II
IRISH-UA 101 Identical to EURO-UA 101. Prerequisite: Elementary Irish I (IRISH-UA 100), assignment by placement examination, or permission of the department. 4 points.
Expands into more complex verbal conjugations while concentrating on idiomatic expressions. The accumulation of vocabulary is stressed, and students are introduced to basic literature in Irish while developing beginning conversational fluency.
Intermediate Irish I
IRISH-UA 102 Identical to EURO-UA 102. Prerequisite: Elementary Irish II (IRISH-UA 101), assignment by placement examination, or permission of the department. 4 points.
Focuses on improving conversational fluency and on expanding vocabulary through reading more complex literature in Irish.
Intermediate Irish II
IRISH-UA 103 Identical to EURO-UA 103. Prerequisite: Intermediate Irish I (IRISH-UA 102), assignment by placement examination, or permission of the department. 4 points.
Focuses on conversational fluency, reading complex literature in Irish, and writing in the Irish language.
Content Courses in Irish Studies
Courses cross-listed with other departments may carry prerequisites. Consult the relevant departmental sections of this Bulletin or the instructor.
Introduction to Celtic Music
IRISH-UA 152 Identical to MUSIC-UA 182. Lecture. Offered every fall. Moloney. 4 points.
Traditional and contemporary music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and Galicia. Range of singing styles and the musical instruments employed in each culture, including harps, bagpipes, and a variety of other wind, free reed, keyboard, and stringed instruments. Forms and musical styles are explored in depth, along with a study of their origin, evolution, and cultural links.
Global Diaspora: The Irish Case
IRISH-UA 170 Lecture. Offered every year. Nyhan. 4 points.
Particular attention to the movements of Irish on the European continent and in Britain; the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean; Australia and New Zealand; and South America. The consequences of emigration for Ireland and for the receiving nations, as well as Ireland’s transformation in the late twentieth century from emigrant nursery to emigrant destination. Consideration of some of the most prominent Irish diasporic communities.
The Irish and New York
IRISH-UA 180 Identical to SCA-UA 758, HIST-UA 180. Lecture. Offered every year. Casey. 4 points.
The symbiotic relationship between New York City and the Irish from the 18th through the 20th centuries and the impact of political, social, and cultural changes in Ireland and America on a transnational population. Race and language, ethnic group identity, and the city’s role in the creation of a pseudo-Irish identity that is disseminated on both sides of the Atlantic.
Topics in Irish History
IRISH-UA 181 Identical to HIST-UA 181. Lecture. Offered every year. Casey, Lee, Truxes. 4 points.
Topics vary and have included: imagery and ideology of Irish nationalism, Irish American popular folk culture, and the Irish in America.
History of Modern Ireland I, 1580–1800
IRISH-UA 182 Identical to HIST-UA 182. Lecture. Offered every fall. Truxes. 4 points.
The English conquest of Ireland from the reign of Elizabeth I to the last meeting of the Irish Parliament. Themes: plantation of Ireland with settlers from England, Scotland, and Wales; decline of the Gaelic political order and culture; religious Reformation and Counter-Reformation; Ireland as a site of English and European wars; and the vain attempt to rebel against British rule in the late 18th century, resulting in the Act of Union.
History of Modern Ireland II, 1800 to the Present
IRISH-UA 183 Identical to HIST-UA 183. Lecture. Offered every spring. 4 points.
Particular attention to the complex geopolitical relationship between Ireland and Britain. Examines the place of historical memory in fashioning inherited identities shaped by nationalism and unionism; the two state-building projects that emerged on the island in the aftermath of revolution, a bitter civil war, and partition; and the Irish experience in the context of world history.
Seminar in Irish History
IRISH-UA 185 Identical to HIST-UA 185. Casey, Lee, Truxes, Wolf. 4 points.
Topics vary and have included: development and modernization of the Republic of Ireland and its economy; the Great Famine of 1845–51; and cinematic representations of Irish Americans.
The Irish in America
IRISH-UA 187 Identical to HIST-UA 187. Lecture. Offered every year. Casey. 4 points.
From the potato famine to the Celtic Tiger. Considers political, social, and economic forces in Ireland that prompted emigration; demographic patterns of immigration; the role of religion and the Catholic Church in the development of the community; Irish immigrant influence and involvement in the American political system and labor movement; the persistence of the Irish nationalist movement in America; and how the Irish experience in America is reflected in literature and on stage and screen.
Oral History of Irish America
IRISH-UA 203 Seminar. Offered every fall. Almeida. 4 points.
The techniques and practice of the oral history interview, including background research, drafting questions, conducting the interview, and creating supporting documentation. Examines ethical issues and the significance of oral history for historical literature. Students conduct one supervised interview for a final web-based project for the Archives of Irish America in NYU’s Bobst Library.
Cinematic Representations of Irish Americans
IRISH-UA 204 Seminar. Casey. 4 points.
Students learn how to “read” American cinema as documentary evidence of the visual construction of ethnicity. The skills acquired translate into a heightened awareness of the relationship between ethnicity and all forms of media in contemporary American popular culture.
The Irish Renaissance
IRISH-UA 621 Identical to ENGL-UA 621. Lecture. Waters. 4 points.
Covers the tumultuous period from the fall of Charles Stuart Parnell, through the Easter Rising in 1916, and into the early years of national government in the 1930s. Readings in various genres (poetry, short story, novel, drama). Writers may include Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Lady Gregory, John Millington Synge, Sean O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, and Flann O’Brien.
Irish American Literature
IRISH-UA 622 Identical to ENGL-UA 622. Lecture. Almeida. 4 points.
From the 19th century to the present, considering the literary responses of generations of Irish immigrants to the American experience. The works of writers such as Fitzgerald, O’Neill, O’Connor, O’Hara, and Kennedy are explored, as are the connections between ethnic and literary cultures.
IRISH-UA 625 Identical to ENGL-UA 625. Seminar. Offered every year. Bender, Waters. 4 points.
Study of James Joyce’s majors works. Readings will span the entire oeuvre, from Dubliners to Finnegans Wake, with a detailed reading of Ulysses.
IRISH-UA 700 Identical to DRLIT-UA 700, ENGL-UA 700, THEA-UT 603. 4 points.
A study of the rich dramatic tradition of Ireland since the days of Yeats, Lady Gregory, and the fledgling Abbey Theatre. Playwrights covered include Synge, O’Casey, Beckett, Behan, Friel, Murphy, McGuinness, and Devlin. Issues of Irish identity, history, and postcoloniality are engaged alongside an appreciation of the poetic achievements and theatrical innovations that characterize this body of work.
Topics in Irish Literature
IRISH-UA 761 Identical to ENGL-UA 761. Lecture. 4 points.
Topics vary by semester and have included contemporary Irish fiction and poetry, and Irish women writers.
Topics in Irish Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts
IRISH-UA 902 4 points.
A dynamic shift in the global perception of Irish dance has challenged notions of authenticity, tradition, and modernity. Develops a basic knowledge of the history and lexicon of Irish dance, and uses that as a departure point for broader theoretical considerations.
IRISH-UA 998 Prerequisite: permission of the director of undergraduate studies. 2 or 4 points.
Independent study with an Irish studies faculty member.