About This Course
The Culture of the Big House: Art, Architecture, Literature, Music and Dining Culture of the Anglo-Irish CLOSED
Nine weeks (including one Saturday morning field trip), Thursdays 7-9 pm, from 30 January to (Saturday) 23 March
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€230 See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Friday 17 January 2019
Western Gateway Building, Room G14, UCC
Thursday 30 January 2019
The Irish 'Big House' has a long-established history, made familiar by the fiction of Sommerville and Ross, Elizabeth Bowen, and others. The Big House was a tribute to the Anglo-Irish ascendancy, and many of these homes were destroyed during the Irish Civil War. The earliest of the great houses were built during the early eighteenth century. A half century later, Ireland's golden age of Palladianism saw the construction of magnificent homes such as Castletown in Co. Kildare and Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon, later followed by a return to the gothic style such as Castle Ward, Co. Down and Glin Castle, Co. Limerick. The Adam style of interior design found in many of the homes is associated with Scottish architect Robert Adam (1728-1792) and became popular in Ireland from the 1770s. One of the best-known proponents of this style was James Gandon (1743-1823), designer of Dublin's Custom House and the Four Courts. Abbey Leix in Co. Laois (1773) is a fine example of the Adam style. The beginning of the nineteenth century ushered in the Regency style of architecture and dignified homes such as Mount Stewart, Co. Down. By mid-century, the Victorian Age ruled, and we find the grand style epitomised by Kylemore Abbey.
This short course aims to introduce the public to cultural aspects of the Irish “Big House” tradition through a broad thematic survey of the culture of the Irish Country house in historical context; The Anglo-Irish class; Irish Grand Tourists; Art of collecting; Gothic Revivalism; house, kitchen, and garden; diet, dining and the food economy; “Big House” literature: from Maria Edgeworth to Molly Keane; the re-emergence of the “Big House”.
January 30 The Grand Tour I: The eighteenth century and the lure of Italy (Dagmar Ó Riain)
February 6 The Irish Big House in a historical context (James Cronin)
February 13 Architectural styles of Irelands' great houses (JC)
February 20 Women and the Country House (Maeve O’Riordan)
February 27 Music and identity in the Anglo-Irish home (Tony Hartnett)
March 5 The Grand Tour II: Romanticism in the nineteenth century (DOR)
March 12 The Anglo-Irish Ascendency in literature (i) (Eibhear Walshe)
March 19 The Anglo-Irish Ascendency in literature (ii) (EW)
March 23 Tour of Fota House and Kitchens (Regina Sexton)
Who teaches this course:
James Cronin, Anthony Hartnett, Dr. Dagmar O Riain-Raedel, Dr Maeve O'Riordan, Regina Sexton, Dr Eibhear Walshe
Short courses are non-assessed.
Why Choose This Course
This course will be of interest to anyone interested in art history, historical and cultural studies. The course offers students an interdisciplinary introduction into the art and culture of the Anglo-Irish class and will introduce students to critical approaches from related disciplines of art history, literary studies and history.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age by course commencement
Fees and Costs
The fee for this course is €230.
How Do I Apply
The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement as follows:
1. Register and pay online by clicking the Apply Now button below. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.
2. Payment may also be made by credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to UCC and these should be returned together with a completed application form to Short Courses, Adult Continuing Education, The Laurels, Western Road. Application forms are available from the office or they may be downloaded from the link below.
3. Students may also hand in completed application forms to the office at ACE between 9:15am and 5pm each day prior to the closing date. We regret we are unable to accept cash.