The Centre for Celtic Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by
Dr Edyta Lehmann
Forests and Myth in Irish Literature
Tuesday 5 April, 11.30, room 155 Coll. Chemicum
In my presentation I will share my current research on the image and function of forests in Irish texts across centuries. Forests are ubiquitous in Irish literature and in terms of their narrative presence are surpassed only by hills. They provide a haven for saints and outlaws; serve as a witness to pursuits and captures; enable transformations and allow for recoveries. Forests are a space where the real borders the mythical. Although forests are conventionally seen as fabulous, the stories I discuss transgress the expectations of mythical heroism and describe the human, mundane, and personal experience. Irish heroes and heroines enter the wooded spaces as a place where their story begins and where it can be fully told, embracing both its supernatural and worldly dimensions.
I will include examples from the medieval tales from the Fenian Cycle (particularly The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne), The Frenzy of Suibhne, and The Romance of Mis and Dubh Rois. I will then speak about the echoes of this theme in the contemporary poetry of Biddy Jenkinson and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
Informację wprowadził/a: Joanna Zadarko