Section Information for Spring 2017
What does it mean to be Irish? Can we discern Irish identity from a flag, a shamrock, a harp, or an image of St. Patrick? This course attempts to answer these questions by exploring the rich visual traditions of Ireland. To aid in our analysis, we will survey historical documents, political analysis, and literature during the long and difficult quest for Irish national identity from ancient times to the present. We will begin with the Irish search for a cultural and linguistic identity in the pages of medieval manuscripts, charge ahead through the warrior symbolism surrounding Brian Boru and Cuchulain, peer over the dramatic artwork and writings of the Yeats family, and end with the visceral paintings of contemporary Irish artists. The course will include guest lectures from Irish scholars and artists.
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