Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
197
Utgivningsdatum
1989-03-01
Förlag
Praeger Publishers Inc
Medarbetare
Sullivan, C. W. III
Illustrationer
black & white illustrations
Dimensioner
247 x 165 x 19 mm
Vikt
498 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
1 Hardback
ISSN
0193-6875
ISBN
9780313249983
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This study provides a fascinating look at the various ways in which 20th-century fantasy writers have used Welsh Celtic mythology and folklore in their work. Following the theories formulated by such scholars as John Vickery and Joseph Campbell, the use of Celtic materials by each of the authors is discussed from a mythology-in-literature perspective. Sullivan presents an extensive accounting of the Celtic material used and explores the primary ways in which the authors incorporate it into their fiction, both structurally and thematically. Sullivan identifies and analyzes the nature and extent of Welsh Celtic influence on subsequent cultures and their literatures, and he considers some of the previous attempts to evaluate this influence. The appendixes provide valuable background materials, including critical commentary on the Welsh collection of myths, legends, folktales, and beliefs that are of major importance in the work of the six authors represented. Also included are extensive bibliographies of primary and secondary sources. Illuminating reading for students and scholars of mythology, modern fantasy, and children's literature, this book sheds new light on the Welsh influence in literature and opens paths for further research.
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.,."It will encourage authors with fresh insights and sharpen curiosity. Both will be indebted to Professor Sullivan for his carefully researched and meticulously presented stimulus."-Extra ?...It will encourage authors with fresh insights and sharpen curiosity. Both will be indebted to Professor Sullivan for his carefully researched and meticulously presented stimulus.?-Extra ?This book is a specialist study of fantasy writers Evangeline Walton, Alan Garner, Kenneth Morris, Nancy Bond, Lloyd Alexander, and Susan Cooper. It explores the various ways in which these writers have drawn upon Welsh myth, ' in particular the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, to create their fantasy worlds. This is not a book that has much useful to say about medieval Welsh narrative since the author knows no Welsh. Sullivan has read much of the relevant scholarship in English, but there is much relevant scholarship available in Welsh also. On myth, the author is uncritical. But the discussion of the works of the fantasy writers, the real aim of the book, appears informed and will be useful to those interested in them. The book's chief value lies in the typology Sullivan proposes for adaptation of one literature into another and in the chapter on the thematic relevance of such borrowings. The study will be of interest chiefly to libraries where the serious study of popular literature, science fiction, and fantasy literature, is undertaken.?-Choice ..."It will encourage authors with fresh insights and sharpen curiosity. Both will be indebted to Professor Sullivan for his carefully researched and meticulously presented stimulus."-Extra "This book is a specialist study of fantasy writers Evangeline Walton, Alan Garner, Kenneth Morris, Nancy Bond, Lloyd Alexander, and Susan Cooper. It explores the various ways in which these writers have drawn upon Welsh myth, ' in particular the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, to create their fantasy worlds. This is not a book that has much useful to say about medieval Welsh narrative since the author knows no Welsh. Sullivan has read much of the relevant scholarship in English, but there is much relevant scholarship available in Welsh also. On myth, the author is uncritical. But the discussion of the works of the fantasy writers, the real aim of the book, appears informed and will be useful to those interested in them. The book's chief value lies in the typology Sullivan proposes for adaptation of one literature into another and in the chapter on the thematic relevance of such borrowings. The study will be of interest chiefly to libraries where the serious study of popular literature, science fiction, and fantasy literature, is undertaken."-Choice

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C. W. SULLIVAN, III, is a Professor of English at East Carolina University, where he teaches American Folklore and Northern European Mythology. The author of As Tomorrow Becomes Today and the editor of The Children's Folklore Review, he has published articles on mythology, fantasy, folklore, and science fiction. His articles were published in Extrapolation, Dragon's Tale (the Journal of the Welsh National Centre for Children's Literature), and Planet: The Welsh Internationalist magazines.

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The Welsh Influence Expanding Interweaving Inventing Aesthetic Uses of Celtic Myth and Legend Thematic Uses of Celtic Myth and Legend Conclusions Appendix A: The Mabinogi Appendix B: The Four Branches: A Brief PREcis Bibliography Index