CLT 2300
Celtic Cultures in Transition
www.courseweb.uottawa.ca/CLT2300
CLT 2300- the Syllabus: the books
1. Rebuilding the Celtic Languages:
Reversing Language Shift in the Celtic
Countries, Y Lolfa. Ed. Diarmuid O Neill.
2. The Last of the Celts, Marcus Tanner. Yale
University Press.
3. Student pack (not available yet). Will
include information about writers, and
extracts from their work.
CLT 2300- the Syllabus
 COURSE REQUIREMENTS
 There will be one midterm during the course
as well as an an essay which will encourage
you to do your own research on a specific
aspect of one modern Celtic culture. There
will also be a final exam based on the work
you will have done during the semester.
CLT 2300- the Syllabus
 The breakdown for marking is as follows:
 Midterm 30% 28 February
 Essay: 40% 3 April
 Exam: 30%.
CLT 2300- the Syllabus
 IMPORTANT DATES:
 MIDTERM: 28 February.
 ESSAY SUBMISSION: 3 April
CLT 2300- the Syllabus
 You must attend 80% of all classes for this
course. Failure to do so can lead to exclusion
from the final exam and a F grade. An attendance
sheet will be circulated at the beginning of each
class from 17 January until the last day of
classes..
 PLEASE NOTE: ACCORDING TO FACULTY
REGULATIONS ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THE
COURSE MUST BE FULFILLED. IF NOT THIS
LEADS TO AN INCOMPLETE GRADE (INC). THE
REQUIREMENTS OF THIS COURSE CAN BE
FOUND ABOVE IN BASIC COURSE
INFORMATION. DIOLCH!
CLT 2300- the Syllabus
 PLAGIARISM
 Ensure that you have understood the
University’s policy on plagiarism. You can find
full information on the following website.
 http://www.uottawa.ca/plagiarism.pdf
What Will You Learn About in this
Course?
 Recent politics
 Language matters
 Writers and their ideas
 Film
Politics: Some of the topics
 Scotland- it has been announced that a
referendum will be held in Scotland about
independence.
 We will follow events closely, discover what
the implications are for the UK. Will the UK
break up?
 What would the fall-out be for the other
‘Celtic’ nations of the UK?
Language planning
 We will be examining the interaction of
language and society in the Celtic countries
today.
 Wales- how will the appointment of a
Language Commissioner (inspired by the
Canadian model) further encourage the use
of what is the most used Celtic languageWelsh?
Language Planning
 How does language revitalization become a
political issue? Is Ireland successful in
promoting Irish (Gaeilge) in today’s Ireland?
 Has the French State successfully
undermined Breton in Brittany to the point
that it has lost most of its prestige? What is
the work of the Ofis ar Brezhoneg?
Language Planning
 Is Scottish Gaelic the national language of
Scotland, or only a regional language within
Scotland? How many languages does
Scotland have? Does the revitalization of
Gaelic have an impact on Scotland’s image
of itself?
Writers and their ideas
 We will also be reading short passages by
contemporary writers from the Celtic world.
 We will also look at the lives of some of these
writers and examine their ideas about the
countries in which they live.
 Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Cathal Siarcaigh
from Ireland.
Writers and their ideas
 From Cornwall we will read some of the new
generation of Cornish-language writers:
 Tim Saunders, Neil Kennedy,Judith
Larham.
 We’ll see that languages can re-emerge from
the past and find a new beginning.
Writers and their ideas
 We have a taste of Welsh writing too from
such contemporary writers as Gwyneth
Lewis (whose poetry is inscribed across the
new parliament building in Cardiff, Wales).
 We’ll talk about the novelist Mihangel
Morgan and the dramatist Michael Povey.
 We’ll talk about the writer Brian Stowall and
his Vampire novel in Manx.
 And much else….
Film making in the Celtic countries
 We will watch a small number of Celtic-
language movies (with English sub-titles).
 At the moment we are hoping that we will
have films in Irish, Welsh and Scottish Gaelic.
 The purpose will be to observe how ‘Celtic’
societies today are very different one from the
other, and how they are fully integrated into
the contemporary, fragmented world we live
in.
 www.courseweb.uottawa.ca/CLT2300
Not in This Course….
 Some things you won’t encounter in this
course:
 Folklore
 Ancient customs
 Language learning
 Medieval History
 Singing.
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