Dr. Michael Aronson
Dublin, Ireland
Course Description
This course will offer an introduction to this contemporary period of Irish film history, sometimes known as the “Second Wave, focusing particularly on its most recent decade. The “Second Wave,” is historically marked by the re-forming of the Irish Film Board in 1993, and was spurred on by a number of international successes, including Alan Parker’s Dublin musical The Commitments, along with a reorganization of the Irish tax laws.  The course will examine a range of recent films to understand the current place of Irish film in concepts of Irish culture and identity, while being attentive to both industrial and governmental structures that help determine what is made and seen.