SS120 Gaelic Literature and Culture

‌Gaelic Literature is the oldest vernacular literature in Western Europe; this course will trace the development of writing in Irish and its cultural context from earliest times to the present day. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the flagging fortunes of the Gaelic language, the literary renaissance in Irish which has been ongoing since the late nineteenth century continues to produce works of considerable artistic achievement in both poetry and fiction. While their work shows an intimate awareness of formal and thematic developments in a broad range of world literatures, contemporary Gaelic writers are acutely aware of earlier sources in Gaelic oral and literary tradition. It is that dynamic tension between traditional and contemporary elements which gives their writing its distinctive quality. A knowledge of the Gaelic language is not a prerequisite; classes will be taught through English.

Jeannine Woods

Director, Jeannine Woods, BA, MA, PhD

Jeannine Woods graduated from NUI Maynooth with a degree in Modern Irish and Cultural Anthropology and was awarded a PhD in English by NUI Galway. She has been teaching and lecturing in NUI Galway since 2005. Jeannine’s teaching and research interests encompass the areas of Irish language and literature, film studies, drama studies, gender and sexuality and performance studies in the context of Irish-language, Irish and international literatures and cultures.

Kicki Ingridsdotter, M.A., Ph.D. 

Kicki Ingridsdotter is currently working as a lecturer of Old Irish and Celtic Civilization in the School of Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway, teaching courses in Old Irish language and literature, Celtic Society, Celtic Kingship and Mythology. She studied for her B.A, M.A. and Ph. D. in Celtic languages at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Her research topics are based on Early Irish Saga text in general and text editing in particular.

Liam Ó hAisibéil, Ph.D.

Liam Ó hAisibéil is a lecturer in Irish in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has held positions at the University of Limerick, at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada and at St. Angela's College, Sligo. Liam has spent periods of research with the Locus Project at University College, Cork, and at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University, England. He teaches courses in onomastics, folklore, indigenous arts and Celtic civilisation at NUI Galway and is primarily interested in place-names and surnames research.



Tuition and Fees

€2,010 (Euro)

€1,310 - Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast – single occupancy)
€1,160 - Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast – sharing) 
€850  - Student Residence (without breakfast -single occupancy)

Further Information

Programme Administrator
International Summer School Programme
NUI Galway

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