Celtic Studies

John T. Koch

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Celtic Studies

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This chapter examines the history and developments in Celtic studies in Great Britain during the twentieth century. In recent times medieval Celtic studies have attracted great numbers of amateur enthusiast and this is partly because antiquarian Romanticism of the eighteenth and earlier nineteenth centuries implanted indelible notions about the Celts in the popular imagination. However, because of a lack of synthetic histories of the discipline and of widespread and early language training in the late twentieth century, it is hard to imagine a realistic university curriculum that could bring today's students to the point of reconsidering Celtic philology from a philosophical standpoint or within the history of ideas.

Keywords: Celtic studies; Great Britain; antiquarian Romanticism; synthetic histories; university curriculum; Celtic philology

Chapter.  12683 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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