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Irish Studies - IRSH: Fall 2018
Why Irish Language?
One of the functions of Irish Studies at The University of Montana is to educate students on the Gaelic foundations of Irish and Irish-American identity and to dispel long-held notions that the Irish are fundamentally part of the English-speaking world. Their categorization under this cultural rubric originated in the Tudor period and gained increasing currency over subsequent centuries to become a part of conventional wisdom, this despite clear evidence that the core elements of Irish identity are not, in fact, of Anglo-Saxon provenance but indisputably Gaelic. The popularity of Irish music, dance and the demand for instruction in the Irish language in the United States speak clearly to this fact. The failure to recognize the fundamental importance of Irish Gaelic culture to Irish identity has led to misunderstanding and bogus interpretations of the dynamics of Irish political and cultural life. Our program addresses these issues and introduces students to the language and the culture it sustained. New perspectives on the ideological foundation of Irish Gaelic culture permits alternative interpretations of the 800 year long battle of civilizations, the Irish revival movement, the evolution of Irish nationalist politics and the creation of the modern Irish state.Access to Irish Gaelic culture begins with the language: knowledge of the language provides an insight to the Irish Gaelic mindset and opens up the door to Irish Gaelic literature.
IRSH 101.01 | CRN 71483 | MTWR 10:00AM-10:50AM - 4 Credits
IRSH 101.02 | CRN 71603 | MTWR 11:00AM-11:50AM - 4 Credits
IRSH 101.03 | CRN 72539 | MTWR 12:00PM-12:50PM - 4 Credits
Continue with the Irish Language!
CRN 75013 | MTWR 11:00AM - 11:50AM - 4 Credits
Continue with the Irish Language!
Intermediate Irish II - CRN 72974 - MTWR 12:00PM - 12:50PM - 4 Credits
This course will begin with a survey of Celtic literature, from the ancient myths through the plays and poems of William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge, Lady Gregory, and others. These readings are wonderful by themselves, and will guide us through the exciting literary era called the Irish Literary Renaissance.
We will then carefully read James Joyce’s Dubliners, the loosely connected collection of fifteen short stories that culminates with the renowned story, The Dead. The stories concern many aspects of the city of Dublin and its inhabitants. Joyce wrote: “I call the series Dubliners to betray the soul of that hemiplegia or paralysis which many consider a city”
Joyce once wrote: "I have discovered that I can do anything with language I want."
These stories are written in the characteristic early style of Joyce as he began his lifetime of developing writing styles that continued in Ulysses and in Finnegans Wake.
We will then carefully read James Joyce’s semi-autobiographical novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. This novel begins with the thoughts of a very young Stephen Dedalus: “Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down the road met a nicens little boy named tuckoo…” The novel ends as the 22 year-old Stephen Dedalus writes in his diary: “Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”
This course will be taught as a seminar instead of a lecture course and will encourage active participation and discussion by students. A moderate number of literary critical articles will augment the texts and there will be ample opportunity for further studies.
This course is open to students of all academic majors. Meets Irish Studies minor literature requirement.
CRN 73215 | Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30PM - 4:50PM | Davidson Honors College