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The Four Branches of The Mabinogi (Paperback): Anonymous The Four Branches of The Mabinogi (Paperback)
Anonymous; Edited by Matthieu Boyd; Translated by Matthieu Boyd; Edited by (consulting) Stacie Lents
R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Mabinogi, a classic of Welsh literature, is a suite of four stories in Middle Welsh. They were composed, or at least put into their current form-it is hard to say which, because we do not know who the author was-in the late eleventh or early twelfth century, and they survive in two fourteenth-century manuscripts and two thirteenth-century fragments. Set in a primal past, the Mabinogi bridges many genres; it is part pre-Christian myth, part fairytale, part guide to how nobles should act, and part dramatization of political and social issues. First translated in parts by William Owen Pughe (d. 1835), the Four Branches of the Mabinogi did not become widely available in English until the mid nineteenth century, with Lady Charlotte Guest's translation of "the Mabinogion." (The word mabinogion, a plural form that occurs only once in the manuscripts, has been repurposed to refer collectively to the Mabinogi and seven other prose tales.) This new translation is by a Celtic Studies scholar working with a contemporary American playwright; its primary purpose is to make the text accessible and engaging for twenty-first-century readers (and especially, undergraduate students). One significant way in which that philosophy is expressed is in the treatment of Welsh names. For example, the protagonist of the First Branch is named Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed. The University of Wales dictionary, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, lists the following possible meanings for pwyll: "deliberation, consideration, care, caution; discretion, prudence, wisdom, patience, understanding, intelligence, perception, judgment, mind, wit(s), reason, (common) sense, sanity." It is one of the hardest names in the text for North Americans to pronounce, since it contains the notoriously difficult voiceless lateral ll. Calling the character Prince Sage, as this translation does, is a way of addressing both issues. (In general, transparently meaningful names have been rendered in English; all other names have been left in modernized Welsh spelling, with a note on pronunciation when they first occur.) The editor has also included a number of background materials that help place the Mabinogi in the context of medieval Welsh history and culture.

Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 26/27: 2006 and 2007 (Hardcover): Christina Chance, Matthieu Boyd, Aled Llion... Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 26/27: 2006 and 2007 (Hardcover)
Christina Chance, Matthieu Boyd, Aled Llion Jones, Edyta Lehmann, Sarah Zeiser; Contributions by …
R710 Discovery Miles 7 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume includes "The Recyclable Hero in Celtic and Kindred Traditions"; "On the Celtic-American Fringe: Irish-Mexican Encounters in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands"; "The Enconium Urbs in Medieval Welsh Poetry"; "Prophecy in Medieval Welsh Manuscripts"; "'Ceol agus Gaol' (Music and Relationship): History, Identity, and Community in Boston's Irish Music Scene"; "In Praise of Two Margarets: Two Laudatory Poems by Piaras Feiritear"; "'Colonisation Circulars': Timber Cycles and the Great Hunger"; "Descended from Both Peoples" by Laura Radiker; and "'Mouth to Mouth': Gaelic Stories as Told within One Family" by Carol Zall.

Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge - A Companion to Early Irish Saga (Paperback): Tomas O Cathasaigh Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge - A Companion to Early Irish Saga (Paperback)
Tomas O Cathasaigh; Edited by Matthieu Boyd
R1,379 R958 Discovery Miles 9 580 Save R421 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga offers thirty-one previously published essays by Tomas O Cathasaigh, which together constitute a magisterial survey of early Irish narrative literature in the vernacular. O Cathasaigh has been called "the father of early Irish literary criticism," with writings among the most influential in the field. He pioneered the analysis of the classic early Irish tales as literary texts, a breakthrough at a time when they were valued mainly as repositories of grammatical forms, historical data, and mythological debris. All four of the Mythological, Ulster, King, and Finn Cycles are represented here in readings of richness, complexity, and sophistication, supported by absolute philological rigor and yet easy for the non-specialist to follow. The book covers key terms, important characters, recurring themes, rhetorical strategies, and the narrative logic of this literature. It also surveys the work of the many others whose explorations were launched by O Cathasaigh's first encounters with the literature. As the most authoritative single volume on the essential texts and themes of early Irish saga, this collection will be an indispensable resource for established scholars, and an ideal introduction for newcomers to one of the richest and most under-studied literatures of medieval Europe.

Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge - A Companion to Early Irish Saga (Hardcover): Tomas O Cathasaigh Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge - A Companion to Early Irish Saga (Hardcover)
Tomas O Cathasaigh; Edited by Matthieu Boyd
R3,027 Discovery Miles 30 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga offers thirty-one previously published essays by Tomas O Cathasaigh, which together constitute a magisterial survey of early Irish narrative literature in the vernacular. O Cathasaigh has been called "the father of early Irish literary criticism," with writings among the most influential in the field. He pioneered the analysis of the classic early Irish tales as literary texts, a breakthrough at a time when they were valued mainly as repositories of grammatical forms, historical data, and mythological debris. All four of the Mythological, Ulster, King, and Finn Cycles are represented here in readings of richness, complexity, and sophistication, supported by absolute philological rigor and yet easy for the non-specialist to follow. The book covers key terms, important characters, recurring themes, rhetorical strategies, and the narrative logic of this literature. It also surveys the work of the many others whose explorations were launched by O Cathasaigh's first encounters with the literature. As the most authoritative single volume on the essential texts and themes of early Irish saga, this collection will be an indispensable resource for established scholars, and an ideal introduction for newcomers to one of the richest and most under-studied literatures of medieval Europe.

Ollam - Studies in Gaelic and Related Traditions in Honor of Tomas O Cathasaigh (Hardcover): Matthieu Boyd Ollam - Studies in Gaelic and Related Traditions in Honor of Tomas O Cathasaigh (Hardcover)
Matthieu Boyd; Anders Ahlqvist, Fergus Kelly, Patricia Kelly, Kim R. McCone, …
R2,349 R2,218 Discovery Miles 22 180 Save R131 (6%) Out of stock

Ollam ("ollav"), named for the ancient title of Ireland's chief poets, celebrates the career of Tomas O Cathasaigh, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Irish Studies at Harvard University, who is one of the foremost interpreters of the rich and fascinating world of early Irish saga literature. It is a complement to his own book of essays, Coire Sois, the Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga, also edited by Matthieu Boyd (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), and a sequel to his classic monograph The Heroic Biography of Cormac mac Airt (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1977) and as such it begins to show the richness of his legacy. The essays in Ollam represent cutting-edge research in Celtic philology and historical and literary studies. They form three clusters: heroic legend; law and language; and poetry and poetics. The 21 contributors are among the best Celtic Studies scholars of their respective generations, whether they are rising stars or great professors at the finest universities around the world. The book has a Foreword by William Gillies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh and former President of the International Congress of Celtic Studies, who also contributed an essay on courtly love-poetry in the Book of the Dean of Lismore. Other highlight include a new edition and translation of the famous poem Messe ocus Pangur ban; a suite of articarticles on the ideal king of Irish tradition, Cormac mac Airt; and studies on well-known heroes like Cu Chulainn and Finn mac Cumaill. This book will be a must-have, and a treat, for Celtic specialists. To nonspecialists it offers a glimpse at the vast creative energy of Gaelic literature through the ages and of Celtic Studies in the twenty-first century.

Ollam - Studies in Gaelic and Related Traditions in Honor of Tomas O Cathasaigh (Paperback): Matthieu Boyd Ollam - Studies in Gaelic and Related Traditions in Honor of Tomas O Cathasaigh (Paperback)
Matthieu Boyd; Anders Ahlqvist, Fergus Kelly, Patricia Kelly, Kim R. McCone, …
R854 R793 Discovery Miles 7 930 Save R61 (7%) Out of stock

Ollam ("ollav"), named for the ancient title of Ireland's chief poets, celebrates the career of Tomas O Cathasaigh, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Irish Studies at Harvard University, who is one of the foremost interpreters of the rich and fascinating world of early Irish saga literature. It is a complement to his own book of essays, Coire Sois, the Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga, also edited by Matthieu Boyd (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), and a sequel to his classic monograph The Heroic Biography of Cormac mac Airt (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1977) and as such it begins to show the richness of his legacy. The essays in Ollam represent cutting-edge research in Celtic philology and historical and literary studies. They form three clusters: heroic legend; law and language; and poetry and poetics. The 21 contributors are among the best Celtic Studies scholars of their respective generations, whether they are rising stars or great professors at the finest universities around the world. The book has a Foreword by William Gillies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh and former President of the International Congress of Celtic Studies, who also contributed an essay on courtly love-poetry in the Book of the Dean of Lismore. Other highlight include a new edition and translation of the famous poem Messe ocus Pangur ban; a suite of articarticles on the ideal king of Irish tradition, Cormac mac Airt; and studies on well-known heroes like Cu Chulainn and Finn mac Cumaill. This book will be a must-have, and a treat, for Celtic specialists. To nonspecialists it offers a glimpse at the vast creative energy of Gaelic literature through the ages and of Celtic Studies in the twenty-first century.

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