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Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga offers thirty-one previously published essays by Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, which together constitute a magisterial survey of early Irish narrative literature in the vernacular. Ó Cathasaigh has been called “the father of early Irish literary criticism,” with writings among the most influential in the field. He pioneered the analysis of the classic early Irish tales as literary texts, a breakthrough at a time when they were valued mainly as repositories of grammatical forms, historical data, and mythological debris. All four of the Mythological, Ulster, King, and Finn Cycles are represented here in readings of richness, complexity, and sophistication, supported by absolute philological rigor and yet easy for the non-specialist to follow. The book covers key terms, important characters, recurring themes, rhetorical strategies, and the narrative logic of this literature. It also surveys the work of the many others whose explorations were launched by Ó Cathasaigh's first encounters with the literature. As the most authoritative single volume on the essential texts and themes of early Irish saga, this collection will be an indispensable resource for established scholars, and an ideal introduction for newcomers to one of the richest and most under-studied literatures of medieval Europe.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Declan Kiberd
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. Matthieu Boyd
  3. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxv-xxvii
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xxviii-xxx
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Themes
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 2. The Semantics of síd
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. 3. Pagan Survivals
  2. pp. 35-50
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  1. 4. The Concept of the Heroin Irish Mythology
  2. pp. 51-64
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  1. 5. The Sister’s Son in Early Irish Literature
  2. pp. 65-94
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  1. 6. Curse and Satire
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. 7. The Threefold Death in Early Irish Sources
  2. pp. 101-120
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  1. 8. Early Irish Literature and Law
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. Texts
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. The Cycles of the Gods and Goddesses
  2. pp. 133-134
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  1. 9. Cath Maige Tuired as Exemplary Myth
  2. pp. 135-154
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  1. 10. The Eponym of Cnogba
  2. pp. 155-164
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  1. 11. Knowledge and Powerin Aislinge Óenguso
  2. pp. 165-172
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  1. 12. “The Wooing of Étaín”
  2. pp. 173-184
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  1. The Ulster Cycle
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. 13. Táin Bó Cúailnge
  2. pp. 187-200
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  1. 14. Mythology in Táin Bó Cúailnge
  2. pp. 201-218
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  1. 15. Táin Bó Cúailnge and Early Irish Law
  2. pp. 219-237
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  1. 16. Sírrabad Súaltaim and the Order of Speaking among the Ulaid
  2. pp. 238-248
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  1. 17. Ailill and Medb
  2. pp. 249-258
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  1. 18. Cú Chulainn, the Poets, and Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe
  2. pp. 259-270
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  1. 19. Reflections on Compert Conchobuir and Serglige Con Culainn
  2. pp. 271-280
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  1. The Cycles of the Kings
  2. pp. 281-282
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  1. 20. “The Expulsion of the Déisi”
  2. pp. 283-292
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  1. 21. On the LU Version of “The Expulsion of the Déisi”
  2. pp. 293-300
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  1. 22. The Déisi and Dyfed
  2. pp. 301-329
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  1. 23. The Theme of lommrad in Cath Maige Mucrama
  2. pp. 330-341
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  1. 24. The Theme of ainmne in Scéla Cano meic Gartnáin
  2. pp. 342-351
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  1. 25. The Rhetoric of Scéla Cano meic Gartnáin
  2. pp. 352-375
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  1. 26. The Rhetoric of Fingal Rónáin
  2. pp. 376-398
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  1. 27. On the Cín Dromma Snechta Version of Togail Brudne Uí Dergae
  2. pp. 399-411
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  1. 28. Gat and díberg in Togail Bruidne Da Derga
  2. pp. 412-421
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  1. 29. The Oldest Story of the Laigin
  2. pp. 422-438
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  1. 30. Sound and Sense in Cath Almaine
  2. pp. 439-446
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  1. The Fenian Cycle
  2. pp. 447-448
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  1. 31. Tóraíocht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne
  2. pp. 449-465
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  1. The Pursuit of Diarmaid and Gráinne
  2. pp. 466-483
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 484-500
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 501-550
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  1. Bibliography of Tomás Ó Cathasaigh
  2. pp. 551-554
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 555-588
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 589-618
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268158125
Print ISBN
9780268037369
MARC Record
OCLC
870409982
Pages
616
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-06
Language
English
Open Access
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