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CELTIC STUDIES SPEAKERS SERIES
March 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Celtic Studies, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
St. Michael’s College, Elmsley Hall,
81 St. Mary Street, Toronto
Professor Natasha Sumner, Associate Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
THE FIONN CYCLE FOLKLORE:
FROM THE ARCHIVE TO THE INTERNET
Over 3,400 oral stories and songs about Fionn mac Cumhaill and his warrior band, the Fianna, have been recorded since the eighteenth century. The folklore corpus spans the width and breadth of the Gaelic-speaking world, including Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and the Irish and Scottish Gaelic diasporas. This presentation will provide an overview of the corpus, and discuss issues of cataloging and accessibility pertinent to the ongoing Fionn Cycle Folklore Project, which is developing an online database of folklore about Fionn and the Fianna.
Dr. Sumner is Associate Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She writes and speaks about various aspects of the Fionn Cycle, as well as other topics pertaining to Irish and Scottish Gaelic literature and folklore.
All are welcome to this free event, and no registration is required. The Celtic Studies Speakers Series is made possible by the generosity of a cultural grant from The Irish Cultural Society of Toronto.