CELTIC ART AND CULTURES
117 Hanes Art Center
Mondays, 9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Dr. Dorothy Verkerk
Rm. 108, Hanes Art Center
Office Hours: Wednesday, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Drop by my office
any time the door is open or ajar.
Telephone: (919) 962-0729 Use the voice mail,
since I will
not pick up the telephone while meeting with students.
List serv: firstname.lastname@example.org
--check this on a regular basis.
Although Dr. Verkerk will teach this course and act as the Director of the Exhibiton, she did
not create all the computer technology that makes this possible.
You may want to find out more
Celtic Art & Cultures Project.
Important links to campus
and web site support:
- The Writing Center is
available to help you with your paper and is a valuable resource for you
academic career at UNC. The consultants are graduate students
who have received
extensive training in the teaching of writing.
Call 962-7710 for an appointment or just drop in.
You can also e-mail your
writing questions and learn more about
the Writing Center by
visiting their web site. Grammar hotline:
- The Technology aspects of the Celtic
Cultures course page has information and links
about obtaining and
ATN e-mail address, subscribing
to the class listserv, getting space on
Web server for
Web pages you create, using Netscape Composer and search
- The ATN information page,
which will lead you to
instructions on for web pages, listservs,
discussion foras, etc...
- You may also contact
the email@example.com desk.
Alta Vista Translation Program,
which can help you translate short passages from German, Italian, French, Portugese, Spanish into English
and vice versa. You will run into phrases in foreign languages that you may want
to translate. WARNING: It is a computer program, it only translates literally.
Although geographically western and eastern European,
Celtic art from the Hallstatt and La Tène periods (7th c. BCE) to the Celtic "Renaissance"
(c. 400-1200 CE) represents the culture of the Celts, or the Keltoi, or Gauls,
as they were known to their Greek and Roman neighbors. The Celts were
the indigenous people of Europe
whose oral traditions, gods, and abstract aesthetic provided a powerful influence on the
formation of what is traditionally perceived as a Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian Europe.
The understanding and cognizance of the Celtic contribution are crucial to provide a more
complex and balanced view of western culture.
Using computer technology, we will be creating, designing, researching, and writing an
exhibition catalogue that will be published on the Internet. Each student will choose a topic
from those listed below (new, viable topics will be considered).
After researching the topic
and compiling a bibliography, you will choose the works of art that
best represent the
subject matter. An essay, catalogue entries, and a select bibliography will be written and
published on the Internet. The combined written work of all the students will comprise
the exhibition. Each student is responsible for their exhibition "space." Please
consult the exhibition page
for detailed instructions on writing your catalogue.
The discussion forum
is essential to this course. Please be sure to check it every day.
The Discussion Forum(s) will, in large part, replace the Wednesday and
lectures. The class will be divided into
Nervii, and the
five Celtic peoples known for their intelligence, diligence, and ability to
meet deadlines, not to mention their bravery. Too cute, but it's more romantic than numbers
Each week a new assignment will be posted on the listserv firstname.lastname@example.org
for which you are responsible.
You are to work within your group, but you
are not restricted
to your assigned forum. Not only will you post your own essays,
but you will
also respond to your colleagues essays.
The format will change from week to
week, so it is essential
that you check in consistently.
Ideally, you would read the entire books listed in the assignments; however, you
are responsible for the chapters or pages listed in the assignment. The readings
are linked to the day they will be discussed, so work ahead.
August 19 - Introduction
August 21 - Lab workshop, Hanes Hall, Room 02
Assignment:Begin examining web sites.
August 24 - The History of Collecting and Studying Celtic Art
Assignment: J. Leerssen, "Celticism," in Celticism, 1996, 1-20.
T. Champion, "The Celt in Archaeology," in Celticism, 1996, 61-78.
August 31 - The Barbarian and the Noble Savage
Assignment: J.J. Tierney, "The Celtic Ethnography of Posidonius,"
Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 1960, 189-275.
M. Chapman, "The Celts and the Classics" in The Celts:
The Construction of a Myth, 1992, 165-184.
Julius Ceasar, De bello gallico.
**You will find the links to
Contemporary Written Sources helpful.
September 14 - Oral and Literate Cultures
Assignment: C. Frazier, Cold Mountain, pp.
W. Ong, Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word,
Chap. 3 "Some psychodynamics of orality," and Chap. 4 "Writing restructures consciousness."
T. Duddy, "Derrida and the Druids: Writing, Lore, and Power in Early Celtic
Society," Religion & Literature, 1996, 9-20.
September 21 - Celtic Aesthetics
Assignment: A break from reading... Work through the Celtic designs
and take note of the aesthetic principles indicated. Then, choose three works of art and do an
analysis of the design, breaking it into its most essential parts. If you are
uncertain about a term, check the Vocabulary for help.
September 28 -
Assignment: Choose topic.
October 5 -
October 12 -
October 19 -
October 26 -
November 2 -
November 9 -
November 16 -
November 23 -
November 30 -
December 7 -
Links to Celtic Sites: History, Literature,
MATERIAL CULTURE OF THE CELTS
CONTEMPORARY WRITTEN SOURCES--GREEK AND ROMAN
CONTINENTAL CELTIC BURIALS