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An Introduction to Early Irish Literature

Author: Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin
Publisher: Dublin : Four Courts Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Aimed at both the university student and the general reader alike this book is an extraordinarily comprehensive introduction to the literary heritage, the sagas and the poetic literature of the Old and Middle Irish period from AD 600 to 1200.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Ní Bhrolcháin, Muireann.
An Introduction to Early Irish Literature.
Dublin : Four Courts Press, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin
ISBN: 9781846824784 1846824788
OCLC Number: 870600264
Description: 1 online resource (498 pages)
Contents: Copyright Page; Contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; General Features; Some Reading Material; 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; 1 The Background; Addendum --
Theory; 2 The Mythological Cycle; Discussion of the Táin; 3 The Heroic Cycle; 4 The Fenian Cycle; 5 The Cycles of the Kings; The Location and Nature of the Otherworld; Otherworld Visits and the Heroic Biography. The Voyages and Brendan VoyageThe Vision Tales; 6 The Otherworld; Goddesses of Sovereignty; The Manifestations of the Sovereignty Goddess; Madness in Early Irish Literature; 7 Kings, Goddesses and Sovereignty; 1 & 2: Conception and Birth; 3 & 4: Account of Youth and Upbringing; 5: Invulnerability; 6: A Fight with a Dragon or a Monster; 7: The Hero Acquires a Wife; 8: The Hero Visits the Otherworld; 9: Exile and Return; 10: Death of the Hero; 8 The Hero and Heroic Biography; The Status of the Poet; Prosimetrum; Poets and Poetry; Early Irish Lyrics; 9 Poets and Poetry; Afterword; Notes.
Responsibility: Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin.

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Aimed at both the university student and the general reader alike this book is an extraordinarily comprehensive introduction to the literary heritage, the sagas and the poetic literature of the Old and Middle Irish period from AD 600 to 1200.

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