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Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy

Idealization, Identity, Ideology

Authors: Fimi, Dimitra

  • Offers fresh perspectives on Celtic studies by considering recent critical discussion of the term "Celtic"
  • Covers a range of material, spanning classic children’s books to contemporary fantasy authors such as Kate Thompson and Catherine Fisher
  • Examines in depth the appropriation and adaptation of Celtic myth and folklore
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About this book

This book examines the creative uses of “Celtic” myth in contemporary fantasy written for children or young adults from the 1960s to the 2000s. Its scope ranges from classic children’s fantasies such as Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain and Alan Garner’s The Owl Service, to some of the most recent, award-winning fantasy authors of the last decade, such as Kate Thompson (The New Policeman) and Catherine Fisher (Darkhenge). The book focuses on the ways these fantasy works have appropriated and adapted Irish and Welsh medieval literature in order to highlight different perceptions of “Celticity.” The term “Celtic” itself is interrogated in light of recent debates in Celtic studies, in order to explore a fictional representation of a national past that is often romanticized and political.

About the authors

Dimitra Fimi is Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. Her monograph Tolkien, Race and Cultural History won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies. She is co-editor A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages. She lectures on fantasy, children’s literature, and medievalism.

Reviews

“Like the characters with whom it deals, this book walks between worlds, in this case those of medieval Irish and Welsh literature, of modern romantic Celticists, and of fiction produced for young adults. It does so with a remarkable knowledge of each, producing a host of new insights.” (Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: “Celticity,” Fantasy, and the Child Readership

    Fimi, Dimitra

    Pages 1-24

  • Otherworldly Ireland: Pat O’Shea’s The Hounds of the Mórrígan and Kate Thompson’s The New Policeman

    Fimi, Dimitra

    Pages 27-69

  • Celticity and the Irish Diaspora: Rewriting Finn mac Cumhall and Cúchulain for American Youngsters

    Fimi, Dimitra

    Pages 71-111

  • Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain: Building Fantasy upon Forgery

    Fimi, Dimitra

    Pages 115-156

  • Welsh Heritage for Teenagers: Alan Garner, Jenny Nimmo, Catherine Fisher

    Fimi, Dimitra

    Pages 157-218

Buy this book

eBook £52.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55282-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55281-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy
Book Subtitle
Idealization, Identity, Ideology
Authors
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55282-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55282-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55281-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 305
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations
Topics