Okay, I know I've mentioned before that I'm taking a Contemporary Irish Literature class. It's an elective class to fulfill credit requirements for my grad degree (I'm getting my M.S. in English Education). I've finished all the education classes (hooray! they are boring!) and now all I have left is English electives. This is a dream for me. The class I'm taking this term meets every Wednesday from 4:30--7:50. I know sitting in a classroom for three and a half hours doesn't sound all that fun to some of you, but can I just say after tonight's class...I'm in literary heaven. I LOVED the class. It was as good as I had hoped for. Terms were flying through the air. Multivocalic. Metempsychosis. It was myth making, conflict producing, postcolonialist, postmodernist, postfeminist *sigh* perfection. I'm totally in my element, especially since I've had the professor for three other classes, one of which was a James Joyce class. We spent the night reading and discussing poems by Eavan Boland (Ireland's current preeminent female poet) and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill (most widely translated poet in Irish of this century) (pronounced NOO-la Nee GO-nal). I won't bore you with the details, unless you ask me, because I know most of you couldn't care two pittance for Irish literature. But it is GRAND stuff. You'd think with my green heart, my fair skin, and my red hair that somewhere in my blood there would be just a bit of Irish, but nope. In fact, I'm nearly half English (which is ironic if you know Irish history). Nevertheless, I'm hoping to write my grad thesis on Irish literature, hoping maybe I'll even sneak in a "research" trip to Ireland.
As for this post's title...well, every week we will learn an Irish phrase (Irish now being the preferred term instead of Gaelic). Today's phrase was Dia annseo isteach. (Pronounced JEE-un sho ISH-chockh). It means: God save all here.
Oh boy, the next nine weeks are going to be so much fun!