An Exploration of Irish Traditional Music Around The Globe

No music prerequisites or knowledge required!

IRST 390 (Advanced Seminar in Irish History)

Wednesdays, 4:30-7:20

Instructor: Colin Harte, PhD

Course Description: this class will investigate various ways Irish traditional music and other related musics are produced and consumed in people’s everyday lives within a number of cultural and geographical regions. Students will develop listening skills, learn key musical features, and study cultural and historical contexts for making music. This is a hybrid class that features both in-class and online instruction and thus students will be expected to participate in both areas. Students will also have several opportunities for a hands-on experience with dancing, singing, and/or playing instruments in the classroom. There will be a few guest speakers coming to class throughout the semester. This course also introduces the discipline of ethnomusicology and asks students to apply basic theory and methodologies towards the creation of a final fieldwork project. Students will be working on a chosen topic in groups and present a final result in the form of a video or podcast. Both musicians and non-musicians are encouraged to enroll. There are no prerequisite music classes needed in order to take this class.

Modern Irish Literature (ENGL 367-01)

Professor Jeffrey Cassvan

MW 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Razran 304

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This course will provide a thorough introduction to the work of modern Irish writers in the context of Irish history and culture.  In addition to our concentration on important works by W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Nuala ni Dhomhnaill, Paul Muldoon, Eavan Boland and Medbh McGuckian, we will spend some time focusing on the ways a number of the major trends in literary theory and criticism have been applied to the interpretation of this diverse material.