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Aislinge Meic Conglinne

The Vision of Mac Conglinne

Lahney Preston-Matto

Publication Year: 2010

Aislinge Meic Conglinne, an anonymous Middle Irish romance, recounts the efforts of the eponymous hero to exchange the hardscrabble life of a clerical scholar for the prestigious life of a poet. Mac Conglinne wins the patronage of Cathal mac Finguine, the king of Munster, after rescuing him from a "demon of gluttony" by reciting a fantastic, food-laden vision of alternate worlds. An accomplished and original eleventh-century satiric narrative poem, Aislinge Meic Conglinne is now available for the first time as a stand-alone translation.

Published by: Syracuse University Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. iii-iv


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p. v

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pp. vii-viii

My first debt of gratitude is to Greg Delanty, who provided the inspiration for the translation and the periodic reminders that I actually needed to finish! Mulligan’s on Poolbeg Street saw the genesis of the idea for this translation, and Greg and I had great craic there and in other pubs in Dublin and New York discussing the text. I am grateful for his wisdom, expertise, and friendship.

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pp. ix-x

Middle Irish may look intimidating, but its pronunciation is actually quite regular, far more regular, in fact, than English. First and foremost, the stress on any word falls on the first syllable. Consonants are mostly as they appear in English, although they are usually softened when they appear in the middle or at the end of a word.

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pp. xi-lxvii

Aislinge Meic Conglinne, or “The Vision of Mac Conglinne,” is an anonymous Middle Irish,1 romance, written in alternating prose and verse, and is therefore known as a prosimetric tale. The Middle Irish text contains a number of hapax legomena (sole instances of a word in a language) that already make the text significant. But Aislinge Meic Conglinne is also noteworthy for its depiction of the...

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AISLINGE MEIC CONGLINNE: The Vision of Mac Conglinne

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pp. 1-60

Every work of literary skill, including this one, should satisfy four things, that is, a place, a person, a time, and a motive for creation.1 In this work, the place was great Cork in Munster,2 and the person was Anér Mac Conglinne of the Eóganachta of Glendamain.3 The work was created in the time of Cathal mac Finguine,4 son of Cú cen Gairm or son of Cú cen Máthair. The motive for creating the...


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pp. 61-69

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About the Author

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p. 70

LAHNEY PRESTON-MATTO teaches in the English Department at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She has published several articles on the intersections between law, gender, and agency in medieval Ireland.

E-ISBN-13: 9780815651277
E-ISBN-10: 0815651279
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815632184
Print-ISBN-10: 0815632185

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 759158752
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  • Epic literature, Irish -- Translations into English.
  • Mythology, Celtic -- Ireland.
  • Tales -- Ireland.
  • Irish language -- Middle Irish, 1100-1550 -- Texts.
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