Myths and Stories of Ancient Ireland
Ireland is a storied land. It has a long and rich history, much of it recorded in the oral tradition. But many Irish stories were written down by monks who modified these tales to suit the strictures of their own disciplines. We will explore the shifting terrain of Irish stories through the centuries. We will look at stories recorded in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Celtic Twilight. We will also explore epics like the Táin Bo Cúailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) and the roles of heroes like Medbh and Cú Chulainn. We will explore the sources of Irish history and imagination and how these inform the current context of Irish identity.Susan Facknitz taught Irish Literature and Creative Writing at JMU for 32 years. She took five student groups to Ireland to study Irish Literature and Creative Writing. She also continues to study the developments in Ireland today.
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