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Ollam : Studies in Gaelic and Related Traditions in Honor of Tomas O Cathasaigh
Ollam : Studies in Gaelic and Related Traditions in Honor of Tomas O Cathasaigh
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Author(s): Ahlqvist, Anders
Gillies, H.
Jones, Boyd
ISBN No.: 9781611478341
Pages: 372
Year: 201602
Format: Trade Cloth (Hard Cover)
Price: £72.00
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Status: Available (On Demand)

Ollam ( ollav ), named for the ancient title of Ireland s chief poets, celebrates the career of Tomas O Cathasaigh, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Irish Studies at Harvard University, one of the foremost interpreters of the rich and fascinating world of early Irish saga literature. In a way it is a complement to his own book of essays, Coire Sois, the Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga, also edited by Matthieu Boyd (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), and a sequel to his classic monograph The Heroic Biography of Cormac mac Airt (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1977). The essays in Ollam represent cutting-edge research in Celtic philology and historical and literary studies. They form three clusters: heroic legend; law and language; and poetry and poetics. The 21 contributors are among the best Celtic Studies scholars of their generation, whether they are rising stars or great professors at the finest universities around the world. The book has a Foreword by William Gillies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh and former President of the International Congress of Celtic Studies, who also contributed an essay on courtly love-poetry in Gaelic. Other highlights of the book include a new edition and translation of the famous early Irish poem Messe ocus Pangur ban; the definitive overview of early Irish pits and souterrains; a dossier on the ideal king Cormac mac Airt in post-medieval sources (annals, poetry, and folklore); and studies on well-known heroes like Cu Chulainn and Finn mac Cumaill.


This book will be a must-have, and a treat, for Celtic specialists. To nonspecialists it offers a glimpse at the richness of O Cathasaigh s legacy, and at the vast creative energy of Gaelic literature through the ages and Celtic Studies in the twenty-first century.".


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