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In past decades, early Irish literature has received relatively little scholarly attention. However, works such as the Tain Bo Cuailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), Edmund Spenser’s Book Five of The Faerie Queene, and Spenser’s A View of the State of Ireland provide unique and important representations of early Irish culture. In this five-person panel, we will examine these works and our collective analyses of Irish cultural and literary representations within them. Specifically, we will critique problems of colonialism and portrayals of gender, and we will affirm the importance of the landscape and of literary intersections with archaeology and history. By doing so, we will shed light on an underrepresented aspect of literary history and explore how these writings can reshape modern perspectives of early Ireland.
Irish literature--History and criticism; Ireland--In literature
Literature in English, British Isles
Steblay, Laura; Vodacek, Caroline; Larsen, Rachel; McCumber, Corinne; and Kemp, Bailey, "Writing Early Ireland: A Panel Discussion" (2019). Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019. 3.