Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Law and Literature in Celtic studies. Ireland (Vol. 7 of the Celtic Studies Association of North America's Yearbook)






Joseph F. Eska (ed.)
Law, literature and society,
Four Courts Press Ltd, Dublin - Portland, OR, 2008, 133 pp.

Introduction
Joseph F. Eska
Poets, Power and Possessions in Medieval Ireland: Some Stories from Sanas Cormaic
Paul Russell
The Assassination of Diarmait mac Cerbaill
Michael Meckler
Emerging from the Bushes: The Welsh Law of Women in the Legal Triads
Sara Elin Roberts
Derbforgaill's Literary Heritage: Can You Blame Her?
Lahney Preston-Matto
Female Trouble: Ambivalence and Anxiety
at the Nuns' Church
Karen Eileen Overbey
Names and Naming Conventions Concerning Celtic Peoples in Some Early Ancient Greek Authors
Timothy P. Bridgman


This edition of the Celtic Studies Association of North America's Yearbook explores the relationship between law and literature and discuss what each can do for the study of the other in medieval Celtic studies. The volume's six papers discuss literary narratives found in the early Irish encyclopedic glossary, the Sanas Cormaic; the composition of legal triads of medieval Wales that focus on the law of women; exonerating Derbforgaill, the 12th century woman blamed by many Irish writers of bearing responsibility for the Norman invasion, through study of Irish marriage law and the politics of the time; the mythologizing of Derbforgaill as a marker of the transition from Gaelic to Norman Ireland; the law of kinship and the assassination of Diarmatt mac Cerbaill, King of Uisnech, in 565; and the origins of the ethnic designations of the Celts used by early Greek writers.


Joseph F. Eska teaches linguistics, Celtic studies, and American Indian studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State U. He also published “Grammars in conflict. Phonological aspects of the Bergin's Rule construction”, in Keltische Forschungen 3 (2008): 45-62.

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