A storied space: reading the environment in medieval literature of place

A storied space: reading the environment in medieval literature of place

A storied space: reading the environment in medieval literature of place

event Saturday, September 28, 2024 schedule 3.00pm - 4.00pm BST
event Saturday, September 28, 2024 schedule 3.00pm - 4.00pm BST
  • The Stone of Destiny on the Hill of Tara in County Meath in Ireland
Findings from research forming part of a Leverhulme Trust-funded project based in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, ‘Mapping the Medieval Mind: Ireland’s Literary Landscape in a Global Space’.
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Room GR06/07, Faculty of English | View details

This talk will focus on the extensive literary corpus from Ireland known as Dindshenchas Érenn, ‘A History of Ireland’s Notable Places’.

What makes these places 'notable' is that they are sites of human activity and the relationship between people and their surroundings is expressed through stories recounting how places got their names. Themes range from the practical, the clearing of plains for agriculture, and ownership of land, to the supernatural. Echoing through the centuries, the intimate interaction with the environment embodied in this material is of enduring interest, as we continue to probe and articulate our engagement with landscape today.

Speaker

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Professor of Celtic and Medieval Studies in the Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic, is Principal Investigator for the Leverhulme Trust-funded Project,‘Mapping the Medieval Mind: Ireland's Literary Landscapes in a Global Space' (2020-2026) and is also involved in the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Project, 'A Chronology of the Medieval Irish Lexicon' (2023-2026).

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Capacity: 
80

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Room GR06/07, Faculty of English
9 West Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DP
United Kingdom

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The Faculty of English is full accessible - the event is on the ground floor and toilet facilities can be accessed via the lift.

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