This site is for the “Marvels and Wonders in Early Celtic Tales” course, taught by Dr. Leslie Donovan for the Osher Institute at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, USA. It provides an easily accessible, electronic space for adult learners to access and share course-related materials.
Through short tales from medieval Ireland and Wales, this course highlights the extravagant bravery, wondrous other worlds, and marvelous magics that marked the Celts as substantially different from other early cultures.
The sidebar to the left provides links to access our most commonly used pages.
Below is a mini-blog space through which students may discuss readings or ideas with each other between classes, if they wish. In addition, announcements from the instructor may be posted occasionally on this space.
Many readers have noticed that early Celtic tales seem to have a style or feeling that is very different from the stories of other early cultures, such as those of the classical Greeks or Romans and Anglo-Saxon or other Germanic cultures. What differences do you notice between the texts we are reading for this class and other early texts you may have read? Alternately, do you notcie any similarities between these and other early texts?
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