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The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga

Ralph O'Connor


Irish saga literature represents the largest collection of vernacular narrative in existence from the early Middle Ages, using the tools of Christian literacy to retell myths and legends about the pagan past. This unique corpus remains marginal to standard histories of Western literature: its tales are widely read, but their literary artistry remains a puzzle to many even within Celtic studies. This book, the first to offer a systematic literary analysis of any single native Irish tale, aims to show how one particularly celebrated saga ‘works’ as a story: the Middle Irish tale Togail Bruidne D ... More

Keywords: saga, tragedy, mediaeval narrative, kingship, myth, legendary history, ekphrasis, heathenism, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199666133
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph O'Connor, author
Professor of the Literature and Culture of Britain, Ireland, and Iceland, University of Aberdeen