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IRSH 2036: English VI: The Modern Age (3 cr.)
20th-century English and Irish writers whose work challenges social, religious, and aesthetic conventions.  Course deals with the beginnings and refinements of modernism, the effects of class and cultural conflicts, the risks of intimacy and the search for values in contemporary society.  Includes W.B. Yeats, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, Doris Lessing, Edna O'Brien, and Harold Pinter.  (Spring)

IRSH 2045: The Making of the British Isles (3 cr.)
This course will address the interrelationship of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland from the early Christian period to the present.  Chief topics will include the spread of Christianity, the growth of Norman feudalism, the emergence of nation states, the influence of the Reformation, the emergence of England as the dominant center, the fate of the Celtic countries, the growth of empire, industrialization, and finally the emergence of devolution movements in the 19th and 20th centuries.  (Fall)

IRSH 2090: Modern Ireland since 1601 (3 cr.)
This course will follow the emergence of Modern Ireland from the Elizabethan conquest to the modern period.  Special attention will be paid to the experience of conquest and colonization, the impact of the Penal Laws, the major social dislocation caused by the Potato Famine, modernization, the role of the Catholic church, the cultural and political influence of the Celtic Revival, and the background to the current situation in Northern Ireland.  (Spring)

IRSH 3031: The Medieval Synthesis (3 cr.)
Europe in the Early Middle Ages was an unstable world, with its collapsing imperial framework, migrating peoples, contrary cultures (laws, languages, religions, and values), insecure economic structures and clashing political strategies.  Medieval records and a variety of cultural sources will be studied to bring to life this remarkable time.  Students will collaborate on examining a vital issue of the period through a group seminar report.  Each student will focus on an aspect of that issue for an individual research paper. (Fall)

IRSH 3037: The Immigrant Experience in America (3 cr.)
An overview of American immigration history from early settlement to the present: the motives and patterns of early European and African settlement and the enactment of early exclusionist laws in the new republic; examination of the "first" great wave of 19th-century Irish, German, and later Asian immigrants and the impact of these groups on urban transportation and agricultural developments; a detailed look at the Ellis Island era of the "great migration" and its resulting impact on industrialization; the onset of government restriction in the early 20th-century and modern refugee problems.  Students will also explore current issues of assimilation, acculturation, cultural identity and multiculturalism in American society.  (Fall)

IRSH 3089: The Celtic Synthesis (3 cr.)
From the sixth through the ninth centuries, Ireland enlightened Western Europe with its spirit, learning, and artistic innovation.  This seminar will explore the foundation of the Early Christian Celtic synthesis, the Hiberno-Saxon connection, and aspects of the medieval world that posed challenges to its existence.  Students will explore continuity (i.e. how the roots of the early middle ages can be found in pre-Celtic and Celtic societies) and how cultural artifacts document history.  Students will do individual work and collaborate on work in small groups.  A seminar report and research paper are required.  (Spring)

IRSH 3076: Troubled Images: Art and Conflict in Ireland (3 cr.)
This seminar will survey the history of political art in Ireland from the 20th-century to the present.  The student will be introduced to the visual arts of modern day Ireland through slide lectures and readings.  Issues of national identity and cultural revivalism will be addressed as we look at Irish political art beginning with the Celtic Revival of the late 1840s and continuing to the Northern Irish mural movement of the 1980s and 1990s.  Each student will be required to complete a research paper of about 5-20 pages and must present that research in fifteen-minute oral presentation.  A prerequisite of one art history course or one Irish studies course is required for the seminar.  (Spring)

IRSH 3081: Chivalry in the British Isles, 1770-1914 (3 cr.)
Drawing on writers like Sir Walter Scott and Alfred Tennyson, politicians like Benjamin Disraeli, educators like Thomas Arnold and Thomas Hughes, the pre-Raphaelite movement in art and the neo-Gothic revival in architecture, this course will examine the emergence of chivalry as an agent of aristocratic hegemony and the anchor of conservatism and tradition in political and cultural life in the period between the American Revolution and World War I.  Research paper required.  (Fall)

IRSH 3091: Politics and Religion in Ireland (3 cr.)
This course will examine the relationship between religion and politics as it affected and indeed defined the conflict between native and colonial in Ireland over three centuries.  Topics covered will include the Reformation, the Tudor conquest of Ireland, the Penal Laws, the emergence of "Protestant ascendancy" in the 18th-century and, finally, the evolution of entrenched oppositional religious identities which has produced such a unique and complex legacy in the 20th-century.  Research paper required.  (Fall)