The ancient myths of pre-Christian Ireland, which were written down by Christian monks in early medieval times, include the earliest vernacular literature in Europe. Treasured for their rich language, vivid characters, captivating stories and gripping examinations of such universal themes as love, honor and the cost of war, these enduring tales are also valuable for the light they shed on the culture and customs of the people who created them. In this lecture, Susan Gallagher will tell and examine stories from the Mythological Cycles in historical context, drawing from archeological, literary, legal and numismatic sources.
Gallagher believes that stories have the ability to heal, enlighten and transform, and that a tale spoken aloud in a face to face encounter between teller and listener has a particular power. She grew up listening to traditional tales in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York in an Irish-American family in which the beauty of language was deeply valued. She has performed and has presented workshops in schools, libraries, museums and festivals. Before Gallagher began telling, she practiced law and was involved in a variety of social justice work.
Speaker(s): Susan Gallagher
Date: September 15, 2011
Location: Cullen Hall
Length: 77 mins