Sep 28 | Fionn and the Storytellers: The Fenian Cycle in Gaelic Folklore” (Irish Studies lecture)

September 28, 2018, 7:30pm-8:30pm, room 9207
Prof. Natasha Sumner, Harvard University“

Natasha Sumner is Assistant Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She teaches courses on Irish and Scottish Gaelic language, post-medieval literature, and folklore. She is currently working on a book about the Gaelic narrative tradition about the hero Fionn mac Cumhaill.

This talk explores the corpus of folklore about Fionn and his warrior band, the Fianna. The corpus encompasses over three thousand recorded items that span the width and breadth of the Gaelic-speaking world, including Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and the Irish and Scottish Gaelic diasporas. What types of material are included, when and how was it collected, and what are the pertinent issues regarding cataloging and accessibility?

Sponsored by

CUNY Institute for Irish American Studies
Lehman College Irish Language Program
Queens College Irish Studies Program
The Graduate Center Medieval Studies Certificate Program

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