Irish Studies (2020 - 2022)
Elementary Irish I
IRISH-UA 100 Open to students with no previous training in Irish. Mhic Suibhne, Ó Cearúill. 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 Prerequisite: Elementary Irish I (IRISH-UA 100), assignment by placement examination, or permission of the department. Mhic Suibhne, Ó Cearúill. 4 points.
Expands the study of Irish 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. Song is utilized to promote fluency in spoken Irish.
Intermediate Irish I
IRISH-UA 102 Prerequisite: Elementary Irish II (IRISH-UA 101), assignment by placement examination, or permission of the department. Mhic Suibhne, Ó Cearúill. 4 points.
Focuses on improving conversational fluency and on expanding vocabulary through reading more complex literature in Irish, as well as on increasing proficiency in writing.
Intermediate Irish II
IRISH-UA 103 Prerequisite: Intermediate Irish I (IRISH-UA 102), assignment by placement examination, or permission of the department. Mhic Suibhne, Ó Cearúill. 4 points.
Focuses on conversational fluency, reading complex literature in Irish, and writing in the Irish language. Fulfills the College Core Curriculum language requirement.
Graduate level courses in Irish are open by application to advanced undergraduate students.
Introduction to Celtic Music
IRISH-UA 152 Identical to MUSIC-UA 182. Lecture. 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.
Migration in World History: The Irish Case
IRISH-UA 170 Formerly Global Diaspora: The Irish Case. Lecture. Kenny, McCarron, Nyhan Grey. 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 Abroad in the Early Modern World
IRISH-UA 171 Identical to HIST-UA 171. Lecture. Truxes. 4 points.
Explores the roots of the global Irish presence from the well-established communities of Irish expatriates on the European continent in the early 17th century to the Irish mariners, merchants, settlers, and servants who took part in the formation of the Atlantic World over the next two hundred years. Important chapters in this story involve the American and French Revolutions.
Transatlantic Connections: Ireland and America since 1920
IRISH-UA 172 Identical to HIST-UA 172. Seminar. Casey. 4 points.
Examines the history of Ireland (including Northern Ireland), the United States, and Irish America as they intersected or diverged over the course of the 20th century. Focuses particularly on diplomacy, economics, education, immigration, nationalism, tourism, culture, philanthropy, and the circulatory movement of capital that emerged as major arenas for interaction. Also interrogates an emerging historiography.
The Irish and New York
IRISH-UA 180 Identical to HIST-UA 180, SCA-UA 758. Lecture. Casey. 4 points.
Considers the symbiotic relationship between a developing metropolis and an immigrant people since the 18th century, with concentration on significant mid-19th century political, social, and cultural changes when New York City was dramatically altered by the Irish. Explores how certain themes and events are used to define and mythologize the urban and ethnic, and considers factors beyond race and language which help define and preserve ethnic group identity over time.
Topics in Irish History
IRISH-UA 181 Identical to HIST-UA 181. Lecture. Casey, Kenny, Nyhan Grey, Wolf. 4 points.
Topics vary by semester and have included interpreting the Easter 1916 Rising, comparative racial and ethnic experiences, and digital humanities research methods.
History of Modern Ireland I, 1485–1800
IRISH-UA 182 Identical to HIST-UA 182. Lecture. Truxes. 4 points.
From the Tudor Age and the English conquest of Ireland 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 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. McCarron, Nyhan Grey. 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, Kenny, Truxes, Wolf. 4 points.
Topics vary and have included development and modernization of the Republic of Ireland and its economy; India and Ireland; and the Great Famine of 1845–51.
The Irish in America
IRISH-UA 187 Identical to HIST-UA 187. Lecture. Casey. 4 points.
The Irish experience in America over the past four centuries is complicated by multiple generations, diversity of class, continuing immigration, and rapid changes in both the homeland and the receiving country. Considers factors affecting emigration from Ireland; examines Irish impact on the development of the United States, particularly its cities; studies the changing Irish image in popular culture; and considers what the Irish can teach us about the evolution of ethnic identity.
Myths and Cultures of the Ancient Celts
IRISH-UA 307 Lecture. Waidler. 4 points.
Focuses on the exchange of ideas inside and outside the Celtic world between the 7th and 13th centuries. Draws on Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic literature and history. Texts are read in translation.
Medieval Ireland: Heroes, Vikings, and Saints in History and Literature
IRISH-UA 308 Lecture. Waidler. 4 points.
Using hagiographical writing and other early texts in Irish and Latin, explores the intersection of pagan and Christian worlds in this medieval society and culture. Texts are read in translation.
Pirates and Buccaneers: Seaborne Terrorism in the Early Modern World
IRISH-UA 369 Identical to HIST-UA 369. Lecture. Truxes. 4 points.
Spain’s political and economic power in the early sixteenth century bred waves of French, English, Irish, and Dutch contraband slave traders, seaborne raiders, freebooters, and privateers eager to thwart her hegemony and expropriate her wealth. Their success was not suppressed until the early eighteenth century. The response of the early modern world to piracy is embedded in the “Law of Nations” and the “Law of the Sea,” progenitors of modern international law.
Rebels and Rogues: Political Violence in Early Modern Ireland
IRISH-UA 370. Lecture. Truxes. 4 points.
Explores political violence as a salient feature of the history of early-modern Ireland beginning in 1534, and running through the Rising of 1798. A succession of clashes across cultural, sectarian, economic, and social boundaries are explored; particular emphasis on the men and women in these conflicts who embody the best and worst aspects of human nature.
Ireland in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1803
IRISH-UA 515 Identical to HIST-UA 515. Lecture. Truxes. 4 points.
Eighteenth century Ireland, especially its Catholic majority, was subject to a repressive penal code. Republican rhetoric imported from America and France between 1760 and 1790 challenged British economic and political dominance. Focuses on the constitutional and revolutionary responses that culminated in the Act of Union in 1800. Explores how the legacy of Emmet’s abortive rising in 1803 colored Ireland’s political agenda for more than a century.
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 Poetry after Yeats
IRISH-UA 624. Seminar. Sullivan. 4 points.
Traces Irish poetry beginning in the 1930s with the influence of W.B. Yeats; emphasizes later twentieth-century poetry by Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Louis MacNeice, among others, as well as poetry by women and in the Irish language (read in translation). “Close reading” and discussion in classes is supplemented with visits from practicing Irish poets.
IRISH-UA 625 Identical to ENGL-UA 625. Seminar. Sullivan, Waters. 4 points.
Study of James Joyce’s major works. Readings will span the entire oeuvre, from Dubliners to Finnegans Wake, with a detailed reading of Ulysses.
Irish Women Writers
IRISH-UA 627 Identical to ENGL-UA 627. Seminar. Sullivan. 4 points.
Historicizes and responds to marginalization and exclusion in the canon by arguing for a “tradition” of women’s writing. Focuses primarily on work from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, using novels, drama, poetry, and short stories to raise questions about aesthetics, historical context, gender, sexuality, race, class, and religion. Supplemental readings will include postcolonial theory, Irish feminist theory, and other relevant literary and cultural criticism.
Art and Society in 20th Century Ireland
IRISH-UA 650 Lecture. Sullivan. 4 points.
Explores the concurrent and overlapping literary and visual arts movements in Ireland from 1900 through the mid-century. Examines how writers (Synge, W.B. Yeats, Joyce, Bowen, Beckett) helped shape a national culture through the Irish literary revival, and tests whether artists identified with the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement (Clarke, Jellett, Jack Yeats, Keating, le Brocquy) shared aesthetic interests and goals in their attempt to establish an Irish identity for the newly independent nation.
IRISH-UA 700 Identical to ENGL-UA 700. Lecture. Sullivan, Waters. 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. Sullivan, Waters. 4 points.
Topics vary by semester and have included women writers, wartime and spy literature, contemporary poetry, and film and literature.
Arthurian Legend: Arthur and the Celts
IRISH-UA 800 Lecture. Waidler. 4 points.
Discusses the legend of the famous king as a hero in medieval Wales and Ireland and depictions of Arthur ranging from villain to tragic hero. Explores how the Celtic Arthur compares with the continental Romances; the legend’s interpretation of Christianity and the pagan past; the depiction of “magic” and “miracles” within the texts; and the role of gender in medieval writing.
Topics in Irish Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts
IRISH-UA 902 Butler. 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.