Ireland Honors Trip
This summer students from the Ina E. Gordy Honors Program will travel to Ireland to study under Dr. Amber Handy and Dr. Nora Corrigan. Students will fly in to Dublin, Ireland where they will spend a few days sightseeing and touring. From Dublin, they will travel to Galway, Ireland where they will spend approximately three weeks. Finally, they will travel back to Dublin for the final week of the trip. During this trip, students will not only study but also visit archaeological sites, the National Museums and the Cliffs of Moher. They will also experience an evening at one of the many theatres in Ireland.
Dates of trip: May 23-June 24, 2017
Students will receive 2 credit hours for each of the Honors seminar courses offered on the trip.
HO 303 - Ireland in the Dark Ages (Dr. Amber Handy)
Ancient and early medieval Ireland was a place of tumultuous change, full of a charismatic kings, warrior women, and aggressive saints. But does it deserve to be called the Dark Ages? We will endeavor to answer that question by examining Ireland from prehistoric times through the arrival of the Vikings and their colonization of Ireland in the eleventh century, focusing on daily life, marriage and family, religious beliefs and practices (both pagan and Christian), kingship and social life, monasteries and settlements, and other topics. Sources include epics, sagas, and myths such as the Táin Bó Cúailnge, various annals recording historical events, law codes, letters, saints’ lives, penitentials, and commentary from outside observers.
HO 303 - Finding Ireland (Dr. Nora Corrigan)
This course will explore Irish writers’ use of language, literature, and culture to fashion and debate national identity. We will be reading some works by contemporary authors such as Brian Friel and Eavan Boland, but most readings will date from the Irish Literary Revival movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. During this period, a renewed interest in Irish language and mythology and the creation of a national theatre went hand in hand with the struggle for political independence. Through readings from writers such as Augusta Gregory, J. M. Synge, W. B. Yeats, and James Joyce, we will examine how these authors define “Irishness”; why many of them considered literature and culture intimately connected to politics; and how religion, class, and geography complicate the attempt to create a national literature.
This course will include excursions to the Aran Islands, to the Hugh Lane Gallery and National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, and, if possible, to attend a theater performance.