Courses

CELTIC 240. Pursuing Diarmaid and Gráinne: Texts and Contexts

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Traditions about the love triangle among the aging military leader Fionn mac Cumhaill, his younger subordinate Diarmaid Ua Duibhne, and Gráinne, the daughter of Irish high king Cormac mac Airt, date as far back as the tenth century in the written corpus of Gaelic literature. The protagonists may have their roots in early Celtic deities, and a handful of medieval texts reference the events of the tale. As the story spread across the Gaelic world, it took on new forms. The most celebrated version, the lengthy prose text Tóruigheacht Dhiarmada agus...

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CELTIC 188. Songs of the Highlander

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

An introduction to Scottish Gaelic poetry of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, this course explores poets’ preoccupations and creative impulses in a time of regular conflict and drastic sociopolitical change. Critical issues to be considered include, but are not limited to, the role(s) of the poet in society, tradition and innovation, orality, and intertextuality. All texts are available in English translation.

CELTIC 209. Ireland 1600-1800: Upheaval and Adaptation

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

The two centuries considered in this course witnessed some of the most dramatic and fateful changes in Irish history and, indeed, of the British Empire. The period opens in the midst of armed rebellion linking Gaelic Ireland with Catholic allies from continental Europe which threatened to throw off English monarchical control of the island; it closes on the eve of the Act of Union which would see Ireland legislatively linked to England, Scotland, and Wales. In spite of the political dominance of English crown and Parliament, and the cultural destruction...

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CELTIC 109. Finn: The Great Gaelic Hero

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

This course explores the lengthy and wildly popular Irish and Scottish Gaelic tradition surrounding the hero, Finn mac Cumaill (a.k.a. 'Finn MacCool' or 'Fionn mac Cumhaill'). Finn is variously portrayed as a hunter-warrior-seer and is the leader of the intrepid fíana war band. We survey this Fenian literature as it is presented to us by medieval and early modern Gaelic manuscript tradition. We also engage with the rich modern Fenian folklore of Ireland, Scotland, and Nova Scotia. This includes the study of important texts such as Acallam na Senórach ‘The Dialogue...

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CELTIC 105. The Folklore of Gaelic Ireland

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

An introduction to the traditional stories, lore, customs, and music of Gaelic Ireland. Since collecting began in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Ireland has amassed one of the most extensive collections of folklore in the world. Prominent tradition bearers and collectors are introduced, and issues of collecting are considered. Theoretical approaches are explored to gain a deeper understanding of the material. All texts are available in English translation.

CELTIC 106. The Folklore of Gaelic Scotland

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

An introduction to the traditional stories, lore, customs, and music of Gaelic Scotland and Nova Scotia. Scottish Gaelic folklore exploded onto the world stage in the 1760s with the publication of Macpherson’s 'Ossianic' epics, which he alleged to have translated from Gaelic originals. The ensuing controversy motivated scholars to seek out and record Gaelic folklore. The treasure trove they discovered has fascinated those interested in traditional cultures ever since. This course introduces prominent collectors, tradition bearers, and their traditions. Issues of...

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SCTGALIC 131. Intermediate Scottish Gaelic

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018
A continuation of Scottish Gaelic 130, developing students' fluency in spoken and written Scottish Gaelic. Internet, audio and video resources complement the study of grammar and select prose texts.

SCTGALIC 230. Introduction to Scottish Gaelic

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Fall

Offered: 

2017
An introduction to Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic) as it is spoken and written today. This course surveys the grammar while also emphasizing practice in speaking the language. This class is highly participatory; students are encouraged to take part in a range of communicative activities which enhance oral/aural ability. Translation exercises develop skills in the written language. A range of audio/ audiovisual materials and online resources is used to support student learning.

CELTIC 187. Literature of the Dispossessed: Gaelic Ireland, c.1600-1900

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

An introduction to Irish Gaelic poetry and prose of the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, this course explores poets’ preoccupations and creative impulses in a time of regular conflict and drastic sociopolitical change. Critical issues we consider include, but are not limited to, the role(s) of the poet in society, tradition and innovation, orality, and intertextuality. All texts are available in English translation.

IRISH 133r. Intermediate Modern Irish

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013

A continuation of "Introduction to Modern Irish", developing students' fluency in spoken and written Irish. As students’ knowledge of the language expands, we venture into storytelling, prose composition, and short presentations. Internet, audio and video resources complement the study of grammar and select prose texts.

IRISH 132. Introduction to Modern Irish

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2011

An introduction to Irish as spoken and written today. Class work includes conversational role play and games as well as grammar study and drills. Audio and audiovisual resources reinforce pronunciation and aural comprehension. Students are introduced to the vibrant oral and literary tradition of Gaelic Ireland via songs, proverbs, and poetry.