MacLeod, a Celticist, researcher, historical consultant, and musician who teaches Celtic literature
, mythology, and folklore, examines aspects of Celtic cultures and their religious beliefs, including tales about the origins of things, the presence of the pre-Christian Otherworld and its inhabitants, and the concept of sovereignty, especially as personified in female form, as well as how people may have tried to interact with the Otherworld by ritually using certain parts of the landscape or music or poetic recitation to invoke or praise supernatural beings, and what role religious offerings or rites played.
There is no evidence in OE literature or historical sources that Anglo-Saxon ladies entered into such oaths (beyond the marriage vow), and Higgens's only evidence of women engaged in direct combat for any reason comes from medieval Celtic literature
(6) 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.
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.
This new meaning was popularized by British poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold, who explained the term in his 1883 work, On the Study of Celtic Literature
: "We are imperiled by what I call the 'Philistinism' of our middle class.
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
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
. She was born in New York and is now associate lecturer in the Department of Welsh at Cardiff University.
Helen Fulton (ed.), Medieval Celtic Literature
and Society (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005, 304 pp., 55.00 [pounds sterling] hardback)
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.