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Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy: (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

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ISBN-10: 0313249989
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"This book is a specialist study of fantasy writers Evangeline Walton, Alan Garner, Kenneth Morris, Nancy Bond, Lloyd Alexander, and Susan Cooper. It explores the various ways in which these writers have drawn upon Welsh myth, ' in particular the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, to create their fantasy worlds. This is not a book that has much useful to say about medieval Welsh narrative since the author knows no Welsh. Sullivan has read much of the relevant scholarship in English, but there is much relevant scholarship available in Welsh also. On myth, the author is uncritical. But the discussion of the works of the fantasy writers, the real aim of the book, appears informed and will be useful to those interested in them. The book's chief value lies in the typology Sullivan proposes for adaptation of one literature into another and in the chapter on the thematic relevance of such borrowings. The study will be of interest chiefly to libraries where the serious study of popular literature, science fiction, and fantasy literature, is undertaken."-Choice

..."It will encourage authors with fresh insights and sharpen curiosity. Both will be indebted to Professor Sullivan for his carefully researched and meticulously presented stimulus."-Extra

?...It will encourage authors with fresh insights and sharpen curiosity. Both will be indebted to Professor Sullivan for his carefully researched and meticulously presented stimulus.?-Extra

?This book is a specialist study of fantasy writers Evangeline Walton, Alan Garner, Kenneth Morris, Nancy Bond, Lloyd Alexander, and Susan Cooper. It explores the various ways in which these writers have drawn upon Welsh myth, ' in particular the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, to create their fantasy worlds. This is not a book that has much useful to say about medieval Welsh narrative since the author knows no Welsh. Sullivan has read much of the relevant scholarship in English, but there is much relevant scholarship available in Welsh also. On myth, the author is uncritical. But the discussion of the works of the fantasy writers, the real aim of the book, appears informed and will be useful to those interested in them. The book's chief value lies in the typology Sullivan proposes for adaptation of one literature into another and in the chapter on the thematic relevance of such borrowings. The study will be of interest chiefly to libraries where the serious study of popular literature, science fiction, and fantasy literature, is undertaken.?-Choice

.,."It will encourage authors with fresh insights and sharpen curiosity. Both will be indebted to Professor Sullivan for his carefully researched and meticulously presented stimulus."-Extra

About the Author

C. W. SULLIVAN, III, is a Professor of English at East Carolina University, where he teaches American Folklore and Northern European Mythology. The author of As Tomorrow Becomes Today and the editor of The Children's Folklore Review, he has published articles on mythology, fantasy, folklore, and science fiction. His articles were published in Extrapolation, Dragon's Tale (the Journal of the Welsh National Centre for Children's Literature), and Planet: The Welsh Internationalist magazines.

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