Prerequisite/Corequisite: The following course must be completed previously: IRST 211. Students must complete 21 credits in Irish Studies prior to enrolling. If prerequisites are not satisfied, permission of the Department is required.
Description: This seminar explores the complex and politically charged relationship between history and memory in modern Ireland in the contexts of politics, popular culture, commemoration practices, and scholarship. Drawing on the insights offered by the interdisciplinary field of memory studies, it explores the interactions between past and present and memory and forgetting by tracing the ways key historical events have been historicized, revised, commemorated, and otherwise remembered (and silenced) over time by nationalists, unionists, “exiles,” and other “communities of memory” in Ireland and among the Irish Diaspora. Possible memory case studies include the 1641 Rebellion; the Williamite War; the 1798 Rising; the Great Famine; the First World War and the events of the Irish Revolution; the Northern Irish “Troubles”; and Church‑State institutional abuse in independent Ireland.Notes:
- Students who have received credit for this topic under an IRST 398 or IRST 498 number may not take this course for credit.