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Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 41: 2022

Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 41: 2022

Edited by Lorena Alessandrini, Colin Brady, Rachel Martin, Oisín Ó Muirthile, and Graham O'Toole

ISBN 9780674295780

Publication date: 04/02/2024

The sixteen articles in Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 41, present a broad range of topics in Celtic Studies and an equally broad time scale. The October 2022 keynote by Dr. Natasha Sumner examines the common folklore trope in Celtic literature of an individual trapped, tricked, or accidentally trespassing into the Otherworld, seeking escape or rescue. Several contributions to the volume examine Irish and Welsh poetry, medieval and modern in both form and content. Women, as poets as well as subjects, are highlighted. Literary culture in the early modern period in Ireland is covered through published reviews, as well as in an article about an Irish émigré’s notebook. Medieval Irish religious beliefs feature in articles on Irish hagiography, divination, and the use of relics. Drama and performance are represented in two articles which discuss Welsh translations of Shakespeare and Scots-Gaelic theatre. A study of place names in the vicinity of Iona reveals a cultural topography as well as actual landscape. An investigation into the attitudes towards the disabled and impaired in medieval Irish literature, an apparently modern concern, finds surprising resonance with themes of compassion and acceptance.

Authors

  • Lorena Alessandrini, a graduate student in Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, draws upon her background in musicology and cultural heritage to explore Celticism and medievalism in popular culture.
  • Colin Brady is a graduate student in Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University studying the ways in which reconstructions of the Irish medieval past inform identities and politics in subsequent periods.
  • Rachel Martin is a graduate student in Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.
  • Oisín Ó Muirthile is a graduate student in Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University pursuing interests in historical linguistics, lexicography, and Irish language translation.
  • Graham O’Toole is a graduate student in Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 300 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

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