Myth in Celtic literatures

Front Cover
Four Courts Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 166 pages
0 Reviews
The pursuit of 'myth1 has long been an important part of Celtic studies. Are there, in fact, waifs and strays of ancient mythology preserved in medieval Celtic texts? Do myths reflect a prehistoric world-view, history, or literary innovation? And how are old myths refitted, and new myths invented, by writers in medieval and modern times? These are some of the questions compellingly addressed in the studies collected in this issue of the Yearbook, featuring groundbreaking work on: the mythological underpinnings of names in the Welsh Mabinogi; the story of Branwen and the clash between Britain and Ireland; the figure of the 'holy mermaid' in medieval Irish literature; horses, dogs, and King Arthur; and the ideological implications of 'insularity'. Contributors include Phillip Bernhardt-House, Ranke de Vries, Jessica Hemming, Catherine McKenna, and Thomas O'Loughlin.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Nagy is Professor of English, teaches Celtic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles