Four Courts Press 
New Catalogue
March 2005
85/75/$85 hbk

Heroic poets and poetic heroes in Celtic tradition: CSANA Yearbook 3-4


The volume, containing articles from some of the leading scholars in Irish, Welsh, and medieval studies, honours the retiring Margaret Brooks Robinson Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and a founding member of the Celtic Studies Organization of North America. The themes running throughout the collection include the importance of poetry in Celtic cultures, the role of Celtic poets and authors in defining the past and its heroes, and the intersection of poetics and myth.


Joseph Falaky Nagy (University of California, Los Angeles) Introduction
Anders Ahlqvist (NUI, Galway), Is acher in gaíth %85 úa Lothlind
Kate Chadbourne (Harvard University) The voices of hounds: heroic dogs and men in the Finn ballads and tales
Paula Powers Coe (University of California, Los Angeles) Manawydan's set and other iconographic Riffs
Morgan Thomas Davies (Colgate University) The Death of Dafydd ap Gwilym
Elizabeth A. Gray (Harvard University) The Warrior, The poet and the king: the three sins of the Warrior and Cú Roí
R. Geraint Gruffydd (National Library of Wales) The praise of Tenby: a late-ninth-century Welsh court poem
Joseph Harris (Harvard University) North-sea Elegy and para-literary history
Marged Haycock (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) 'Sy abl fodd, Sibli fain: Sibyl in medieval Wales
Máire Herbert (National University of Ireland, Cork) Becoming an exile: Colum Cille in Middle-Irish poetry
Barbara Hillers (Harvard University) Poet or magician: Mac Mhuirich Mór in oral tradition
Jerry Hunter (University of Wales, Bangor) Poets, angels and devilish spirits: Elis Gruffydd's meditations on idolatry
Colin Ireland (Arcadia University) The poets C%E6dmon and Colmán mac Lénéni: the Anglo-Saxon layman and the Irish professional H. A. Kelly (University of California, Los Angeles) Medieval heroics: without heroes or epics
Geraint H. Jenkins (Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) The bard of liberty during William Pitt's reign of terror
Leslie Ellen Jones (University of California, Los Angeles) Boys in boxes: the recipe for a Welsh hero
Kathryn A. Klar (University of California, Berkeley) Poetry and pillowtalk
John T. Koch (Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) De sancto Iudicaelo rege historia and its implications for the Welsh Taliesin
Heather Feldmeth Larson (Harvard University) The veiled poet: 'Líadain and Cuirithir' and the role of the woman-poet
Catherine McKenna (City University of New York) Vision and revision, iteration and reiteration, in Aislinge Meic Con Glinne
Daniel F. Melia (University of California, Berkeley) On the form and function of the 'Old-Irish verse' in the Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus
Tomás Ó Cathasaigh (Harvard University) Cú Chulainn, the Poets, and Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe
Brynley F. Roberts (National Library of Wales) Breuddwyd Maxen Wledig: why, when?
Patrick Sims-Williams (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) Person-switching in Celtic panegyric: figure or fault?
Edgar M. Slotkin (University of Cincinnati) Maelgwn Gwynedd: speculations on a common Celtic legend pattern
Robin Chapman Stacey (University of Washington) Instructional Riddles in Welsh law
Maria Tymoczko (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Sound and sense: Joyce's aural esthetics
Calvert Watkins (University of California, Los Angeles) The Old Irish word for 'Flesh-Fork'
Donna Wong (Boston College) Poetic justice/comic relief: Aogán Ó Rathaille's shoes and the mock-warrant

Bibliography of the published Work of Patrick K. Ford

Joseph F. Nagy is a Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specializes in medieval Celtic literature. He's the author of the award-winning Conversing with angels and saints: the literary myths of medieval Ireland (FCP, 1998).
Leslie Ellen Jones is the author of Druid-Shaman-Priest: Metaphors of Celtic Paganism (1998)and is a Research Associate of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

420pp March 2005