Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $39.98
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 70%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $39.98   
  • New (4) from $116.90   
  • Used (3) from $39.98   

Overview

In the Middle Ages Ireland's extensive and now famous literature was unknown outside the Gaelic-speaking world of Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man - with Wales an important exception. Irish emigrants had settled in Wales from the fifth century onwards, Irish scholars worked in Wales in the ninth century, and throughout the Middle Ages there were ecclesiastical, mercantile, and military contacts across the Irish Sea. From this standpoint, it is not surprising that the names of Irish heroes such as Cu Roi, Cu Chulainn, Finn, and Deirdre became known to Welsh poets, and that Irish narratives influenced the authors of the Welsh Mabinogion. Yet the Welsh and Irish languages were not mutually comprehensible, the degree to which the two countries still shared a common Celtic inheritance is contested, and Latin provided a convenient lingua franca. Could some of the similarities between the Irish and Welsh literatures be due to independent influences or even to coincidence? Patrick Sims-Williams provides a new approach to these controversial questions, situating them in the context of the rest of medieval literature and international folklore. The result is the first comprehensive estimation of the extent to which Irish literature influenced medieval Welsh literature. This book will be of interest not only to medievalists but to all those concerned with the problem of how to recognize and evaluate literary influence.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This essential reading in medieval Irish and Welsh literature an dcomparative literary studies possesses interest outside its immediate fields." —Sixteenth Century Journal
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199588657
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Sims-Williams has been Professor of Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University since 1994 and was previously Reader in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon an the University of Cambridge. He is the author of eight other books on Celtic and Anglo-Saxon topics and edits the journal Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996 and is currently President of the International Congress of Celtic Studies.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface
1. Introduction
2. Irish Vernacular Influence on the Earliest Welsh Literature
3. Kaer Sidi and other Celtic Otherworld Terms
4. Narrative Techniques in Irish and Welsh, I: The 'Slavic Antithesis'
5. Narrative Techniques in Irish and Welsh, II: The Riddling 'Watchman Device'
6. The Irish Elements in Culhwch and Olwen
7. The Irish Geography of Branwen
8. The Submission of Irish Kings in Fact and Fiction
9. Llasar and the Lake of the Cauldron
10. The Iron House, the Men in Bags, and the Severed Head
11. Cu Chulainn in Late Medieval Wales
12. Fionn, Deirdre, and Lebarcham in Late Medieval Wales
13. Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literary Criticism?
14. 1. Conclusion
Abbreviations and References
Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)