Irish Studies - IRSH: Spring 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 102.01 - CRN 36668 - TR 10:00am - 12:30pm - 1:50pm - 4 Credits
IRSH 102.02 - CRN 36669 - TR 2:00pm-3:20pm - 4 Credits
IRSH 102.03 - CRN 36670 - TR 11:00am- 12:20pm - 4 Credits
Continue with the Irish Language!
Intermediate Irish I - CRN 36934 - Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30pm - 1:50pm
This course surveys the history of Ireland and the Irish, from the enduring myths and legends of the island’s first inhabitants where the potent social and political representation of the Bull was used to demonstrate power, to the bullets and bombs that defined the lives of many in the northern part of the country in the twentieth century. Like any place, Ireland has a complicated and complex history, where many different groups coalesced and divided along social, economic and political grounds. One of the aims of the course is to come to an understanding these people and the events shaped by them.
The course will identify the factors and circumstances that, at pivotal times, determined a particular course and reaction among individuals and groups. It will examine the role of men and women, elites and the less well off, and the ideas that motivated them. One of the central themes of the course is the movement of people in and out of the island, whether as invaders, visitors or emigrants. The push and pull factors that brought and sent individuals and groups in and out of Ireland will be explored to see how it shaped their identity and their perception of Ireland.
CRN 37917 - MWF - 10:00am - 10:50am
Irish Women Writers
Many courses on Irish literature are dominated by the writing of men. This course shifts the focus and places the work of Irish women writers at the center of our inquiry. Women were often seen as emblems of nation and motherhood; this course disrupts that binary to include Irish women as literary creators. To do this we will survey a range of Irish women’s writing including poems, novels, short stories, plays, cultural history, and literary criticism. We will discuss social, political, and cultural developments such as the formation of an Irish identity for the newly independent nation, women’s role in post-independent Ireland, the literary trope of woman-as-nation, and issues of gender, sexuality and ethnicity in the “new Ireland.” Featured writers: Edna O’Brien, Emma Donoghue, Anne Enright, Deirdre Madden, Kate O’Brien, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Patricia Burke Brogan, Julia O’Faolain, and Mary Morrissy.
This course counts towards intermediate writing credit for gen-ed/graduation.
CRN 38613 - Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am - 10:50am
Featured Image: Ms. O’Brien in 1966. Her first seven novels were banned in Ireland, where they were considered too scandalous. Credit Evening Standard/Getty Images. The New York Times, "Edna O'Brien Is Still Gripped by Dark Moral Questions", by Roslyn Sulcas, March 25, 2016.