Imagining the Celtic Past in Modern Fantasy

Fimi, D. and Sims, A. J.P. (Eds.) (2023) Imagining the Celtic Past in Modern Fantasy. Series: Perspectives on fantasy. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350349995

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Focusing on representations of Celtic motifs and traditions in contemporary adult fantasy literature, this book illuminates how the historical, the mythological and the folkloric have served as inspiration for the fantastic in modern and popular culture of the western world. Bringing together both highly-acclaimed works with those that have received less critical attention, including French and Gaelic fantasy literature, Imagining the Celtic Past in Modern Fantasy explores such texts as Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Alan Garner's Weirdstone trilogy, the Irish fantasies of Jodi McIsaac, David Gemmell's Rigante novels, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison Keltiad books, as well as An Sgoil Dhubh by Iain F. MacLeòid and the Vertigen and Frontier series by Léa Silhol. Lively and covering new ground, the collection examines topics such as fairy magic, Celtic-inspired worldbuilding, heroic patterns, classical ethnography and genre tropes alongside analyses of the Celtic Tarot in speculative fiction and Celtic appropriation in fan culture. Introducing a nuanced understanding of the Celtic past, as it has been informed by recent debates in Celtic studies, this wide-ranging and provocative book shows how modern fantasy is indebted to medieval Celtic-language texts, folkloric traditions, as well as classical sources.

Item Type:Edited Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fimi, Professor Dimitra
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Bloomsbury Academic

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