Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Modern Celtic Cultures and Folklore; Prof. Daniel Melia


SPRING 2002: Celtic Studies 129 ( 4 units), Modern Celtic Cultures and Folklore; Prof. Daniel Melia ; (Cross-registration, SFSU, grade A)

Celtic languages have been spoken in modern times in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man, all of which have retained a cultural identification as "Celtic" even, in some cases, after the disappearance of the spoken language. Using Ireland as the test case, Celtic Studies 129 investigates the question of what such a designation might mean and how and why it takes the particular shape it does in the late 20th century. The course will pay special attention to the role of folklore in the creation and promulgation of cultural identity and "blason populaire." Required exercises: Mid-Term exam; group project; term paper; final exam.

TEXTS:
Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt (‘Tis)
Twenty Years A-Growing, Maurice O'Sullivan
The Horse of Pride, P-J. Helias
Irish Folk History, Henry Glassie (also Irish Folk Tales)
Folktales of Ireland, Sean O'Sullivan
The Islandman, Tomas O Crohan
Peig: The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket, Sayers, Peig
An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Ireland, John Waters

Monday, January 7, 2002

Donna Champion's birthday (photo)



Donna Champion's birthday bash at St. Rose Parish Hall, Santa Rosa. Mo, Donna & great-niece, Katia. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Lilies, 2 silk (art)


Habotai silk, acrylic, and metallic guttas and dye; 9.5" silk hoops. These were probably painted during the summer.



see also
Lilies, silk (art)
Cyclamens silk (art)
Celtic beasties on silk (art)
Celtic beasties on silk 2 (art)

Celtic beasties on silk 2 (art)

After 9/11/2001, I must've designed 50 Celtic hoops. Few were painted in with dye as the acrylic gutta I was using didn't sink through the silk (it's like a batik barrier), so I had to also re-gutta the back, It proved to be too tedious. So, few made it to the color stage: 9.5" hoops. Habotai silk, acrylic gutta and dye.