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Ní Bhrolcháin, Muireann
An introduction to early Irish literature / Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin
Dublin ; Portland, OR : Four Courts Press, c2009
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PB1321 .N5 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Irish literature -- To 1100 -- History and criticism
Physical Description x, 210 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-190) and index
Contents The background -- Stories and storytelling -- Druids, poets, and bards -- The arrival of Christianity -- Branches of literature -- Oral tradition and written literature -- Ogam, writing, and manuscripts -- An example of the language about 1000 -- The mythological cycle -- Addendum : theory -- The heroic cycle -- Discussion of the Táin -- The Fenian cycle -- The cycles of the kings -- The otherworld -- The location and nature of the otherworld -- Otherworld visits and the heroic biography -- The voyages and Brendan voyage -- The vision tales -- Kings, goddesses, and sovereignty -- Goddesses of sovereignty -- The manifestations of the sovereignty goddess -- Madness in early Irish literature -- The hero and heroic biography -- Conception and birth -- Account of youth and upbringing -- Invulnerability -- A fight with a dragon or a monster -- The hero acquires a wife -- The hero visits the otherworld -- Exile and return -- Death of the hero -- Poets and poetry -- The status of the poet -- Prosimetrum -- Poets and poetry -- Early Irish lyrics
Note A discussion of the rich written heritage of the Old and Middle Irish period, 600-1200. Chapters deal with such topics as druids, monks, poets, the beginnings of writing manuscripts, saga cycles, and stories about kings, kingship and sovereignty goddesses

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