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Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy: (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

C. W. Sullivan III

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ISBN 10: 0313249989 / ISBN 13: 9780313249983
Published by Praeger, 1989
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Title: Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy: (...

Publisher: Praeger

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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This study provides a fascinating look at the various ways in which 20th-century fantasy writers have used Welsh Celtic mythology and folklore in their work. Following the theories formulated by such scholars as John Vickery and Joseph Campbell, the use of Celtic materials by each of the authors is discussed from a mythology-in-literature perspective. Sullivan presents an extensive accounting of the Celtic material used and explores the primary ways in which the authors incorporate it into their fiction, both structurally and thematically.

Sullivan identifies and analyzes the nature and extent of Welsh Celtic influence on subsequent cultures and their literatures, and he considers some of the previous attempts to evaluate this influence. The appendixes provide valuable background materials, including critical commentary on the Welsh collection of myths, legends, folktales, and beliefs that are of major importance in the work of the six authors represented. Also included are extensive bibliographies of primary and secondary sources. Illuminating reading for students and scholars of mythology, modern fantasy, and children's literature, this book sheds new light on the Welsh influence in literature and opens paths for further research.

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C. W. SULLIVAN, III, is a Professor of English at East Carolina University, where he teaches American Folklore and Northern European Mythology. The author of As Tomorrow Becomes Today and the editor of The Children's Folklore Review, he has published articles on mythology, fantasy, folklore, and science fiction. His articles were published in Extrapolation, Dragon's Tale (the Journal of the Welsh National Centre for Children's Literature), and Planet: The Welsh Internationalist magazines.

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