This unit looks closely at one of the most influential motifs in early Celtic literature and culture. We will examine a series of narratives (in translation) and place them in the context of early Irish and Welsh conceptions of cosmology, landscape and pilgrimage: including Classical accounts of the doctrines of the Druids, stories of the Tuatha Dé Danann; legends of Irish voyaging saints and heroes, as well as the Welsh the Mabinogi tales.
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1000wd Literature survey (20%), 1x2200wd Essay (50%), 1x1300wd Take-home test (30%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in the Celtic Studies minor or 12 credit points at 1000 level in the Studies in Religion majorProhibitions