This is a rapidly-growing part of our publishing. We retain our strong commitment to our well-established series such as Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century see pages 3—7 and also to our series with the Society for the Social History of Medicine see pages 11— I think you will see how well-received these books have been from the excellent review quotes we have been able to include in these pages. I am confident that the titles due for publication in these series will also receive a similar reception.
The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga Ralph O'Connor Sets the little-known world of Irish saga literature within a wider comparative literary context Draws on both literary-critical and historical methods of analysis Contains diagrams explaining how the story works Written in a lively, accessible style Contains a glossary of essential jargon and foreign-language terms The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga Ralph O'Connor Description 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: This book, the first monograph to offer a systematic literary analysis of any single native Irish tale, aims to show how one particularly celebrated saga 'works' as a story: This epic tale tells how the legendary king Conaire was raised by a shadowy Otherworld to the kingship of Tara and, after a fatal error of judgement, was hounded by spectres to an untimely death at Da Derga's Hostel at the hands of his own foster-brothers.
By turns lyrical and laconic, and rich in native mythological imagery, the story is told with a dramatic intensity worthy of Greek tragedy, and the intricate symmetry of its narrative procedure recalls the visual patterning of illuminated manuscripts such as The Book of Kells.
This book invites the reader to enjoy and understand this literary masterpiece, explaining its narrative artistry within its native, classical and biblical literary contexts.
Against a historical backdrop of shifting ideologies of Christian kingship, it interprets the saga's possible significance for contemporary audiences as a questioning exploration of the challenges and paradoxes of kingship.Plenaries Gowan Dawson.
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