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Inside the Táin - Exploring Cú Chulainn, Fergus, Ailill, and Medb

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384 Seiten | broschiert | 17.8 x 25.0
Erscheinungsdatum: 20.07 2015
  • ISBN: 978-3-942002-20-2
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  • Artikelnummer: 978-3-942002-20-2

Doris Edel

Inside the Táin
Exploring Cú Chulainn, Fergus, Ailill, and Medb

Broschiert, xii + 372 Seiten, 2 Karten, 2 Abb., 1 Diagramm
ISBN: 978-3-942002-20-2

This is the first literary-critical study of the Táin Bó Cúailnge in its entirety, and as an autonomous literary work. The key to a more deeply probing understanding of the semiliterate epic is the study of its characters: what they do and why they do it – why more important than what. Why reveals the differences between the various versions. Most promising is the multilayered Recension I, mainly preserved in Lebor na hUidre, which testifies of the keen interest of its compilers in the portrayal of the characters, while the version in the Book of Leinster, with its tendency to omit what might lessen the heroes’ prestige, pays for its greater unity with loss of depth.
The multifacetedness of the characters in the early version, combined with the deceptive simplicity of the plot, lends the work a remarkable pragmatism. Despite occasional baroque descriptions of battle frenzy, the main heroes Cú Chulainn and Fergus embody a heroism reined in by prudence. All through the war they do everything in their power to limit the use of force. Ailill and Medb represent a new type of ruler-entrepreneur, who seeks to realize his aim at the lowest possible cost and accepts failure matter-of-factly. So the epic has no fatal end-point. The greater part of the two armies are able return to their countries. The theme of mutual destruction is relegated to the Battle of the Bulls. The lasting antagonism between the North and the remainder of the island must have endowed the
Táin with contemporary significance at various points in time, as the allusions to (near-)contemporary events suggest.


The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of Celtic Studies and Medieval Studies,

Edel, Doris
Über Edel, Doris:

Doris Edel was born in Zurich, Switzerland. She studied Romance languages and literatures at the University of Zurich and Germanic and Celtic philology at the University of Utrecht. Her Ph.D. thesis Helden auf Freiersfüssen: ‘Tochmarc Emire’ und ‘Mal y kavas Kulhwch Olwen’ (1980) was published by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She taught Celtic languages and literatures at Utrecht University from 1971 until her retirement in October 2001, from July 1982 onwards as holder of the chair of Celtic.
Other books: Monniken, ridders en zeevaarders: opstellen aangeboden aan Maartje Draak (1988), Cultural Identity and Cultural Integration: Ireland and Europe in the Early Middle Ages (1995), both redacted by her, and The Celtic West and Europe: Studies in Celtic Literature and the Early Irish Church (2001). She has published numerous articles on early Irish and Welsh literature and Irish culture, paying special attention to questions of cultural integration and the portrayal of the female. Her current research interest is the reception of early Irish narrative literature by the contemporaries.


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