Narrative Techniques in Irish and Welsh, I: The ‘Slavic Antithesis’

Patrick Sims‐Williams

in Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588657
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595431 | DOI:
Narrative Techniques in Irish and Welsh, I: The ‘Slavic Antithesis’

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This chapter discusses a narrative technique, the so‐called Slavic Antithesis', found in Irish and Welsh, but also elsewhere which casts doubt on there being a connection between the Celtic examples. Illustrations are given not only from Togail Bruidne Da Derga, Mesca Ulad, Táin Bó Cúailnge, the Cynddylan englynion, and Taliesin, but also the Finnsburg fragment and Eiríksmál, ballads from Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Finland, Ossetia, and even from Superman.

Keywords: Slavic Antithesis; Togail Bruidne Da Derga; Mesca Ulad; Táin Bó Cúailnge; Cynddylan englynion; Taliesin; Finnsburg fragment; Eiríksmál; ballads; Russia; Bulgaria; Serbia; Greece; Finland; Ossetia; Superman

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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