Celtic literature


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see Breton literatureBreton literature
, in the Celtic language of Brittany. Although there are numerous allusions in other literatures of the 12th to 14th cent. to the "matter of Brittany," which includes the stories of Tristan and King Arthur, no Breton texts remain from this period.
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; Cornish literatureCornish literature.
The literature of the Celtic language of Cornwall, which has been spoken only by bilingual speakers since the late 18th cent. The surviving pre-1800 literature consists largely of a few miracle plays, mostly of the 15th cent.
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; Gaelic literatureGaelic literature,
literature in the native tongue of Ireland and Scotland. Since Scots Gaelic became separate from Irish Gaelic only in the 17th cent., the literature is conventionally divided into Old Irish (before 900), Middle Irish (until 1350), Late Middle or Early Modern
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; Welsh literatureWelsh literature,
literary writings in the Welsh language. Early Works

The earliest Welsh literature is preserved in about half a dozen manuscripts written with one exception after the 12th cent.
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Young's 1995 book Colonial Desire, places Arnold's major works of the late 1860s, especially The Study of Celtic Literature (1867) and Culture and Anarchy (1869), in the context of the discipline of anthropology, which was emerging at the time.
Matthew Arnold claims that On the Study of Celtic Literature (1867) should be read as 'a message of peace to Ireland' (181) at a time of civil disturbance in Ireland and England.
Micheal O Cearna, 93, who is a doctor in Celtic Literature, left the remote Kerry outpost in 1937 for a better future in Dublin.
He examines ideas of cannibalism, missionaries and humanitarians, savage and barbarian behaviors and cultures, perceptions of the Irish, and how race affected social and political controversies, including Benjamin Disraeli's racist interpretations of history and politics, and the rise of science fiction and the Victorian response to evolution and machines, with discussion of texts such as Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Thomas Williams's Fiji and the Fijians, James Bonwick's Daily Life and Origin of the Tasmanians, Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Matthew Arnold's "On the Study of Celtic Literature," H.
In his Study of Celtic Literature (1867) Matthew Arnold identifies in the Irish sensibility "the power of quick and strong perception and emotion," which he claims to be "one of the very prime constituents of genius;" however, he also calls attention to the fact that "the Celt has not produced great poetical works" (90, 87).
Dr Wood, 60, specialises in Welsh folklore and Celtic literature.
Medieval Celtic Literature and Society (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005, 304 pp.
Arthurian stories in Celtic literature were abundant at that
This feminization perhaps reached its apotheosis in Matthew Arnold's On the Study of Celtic Literature (1867), which invoked Celts' supposed sentimentalism to argue for an imperial model of Anglo-Celtic relations.
Arnold's work on Celtic literature and on culture generally is informed by an acute sensitivity to the negative consequences of modernity for creativity and social cohesion.
Entries hold far more than a paragraph or two of detail: they come packed with page after page of annotated articles referencing and using primary sources and exploring everything from early Celtic literature to early settlements, early arts, and key figures.
Anglo Saxon, Nordic and ancient Celtic literature centres on man's heroic struggle.