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The Resource The four branches of the Mabinogi, edited and translated by Matthieu Boyd ; with the modernization assistance of Stacie Lents

The four branches of the Mabinogi, edited and translated by Matthieu Boyd ; with the modernization assistance of Stacie Lents

Label
The four branches of the Mabinogi
Title
The four branches of the Mabinogi
Statement of responsibility
edited and translated by Matthieu Boyd ; with the modernization assistance of Stacie Lents
Title variation
4 branches of the Mabinogi
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Editor
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Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • wel
  • eng
Summary
"The Mabinogi, a classic of Welsh literature, is a suite of four stories in Middle Welsh. They were composed, or at least put into their current form--it is hard to say which, because we do not know who the author was--in the late eleventh or early twelfth century, and they survive in two fourteenth-century manuscripts and two thirteenth-century fragments. Set in a primal past, the Mabinogi bridges many genres; it is part pre-Christian myth, part fairytale, part guide to how nobles should act, and part dramatization of political and social issues. The Mabinogi were not read in English until 1838 49; since then they have been translated several times. This new translation, specially commissioned by Broadview Press, is by a Celtic Studies scholar working with a contemporary American playwright; its primary purpose is to make the text accessible and engaging for twenty-first-century readers (and especially, undergraduate students). One significant way in which that philosophy is expressed is in the treatment of Welsh names. For example, the protagonist of the First Branch is named Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed. The University of Wales dictionary, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, lists the following possible meanings for pwyll: "deliberation, consideration, care, caution; discretion, prudence, wisdom, patience, understanding, intelligence, perception, judgment, mind, wit(s), reason, (common) sense, sanity." It is one of the hardest names in the text for North Americans to pronounce, since it contains the notoriously difficult voiceless lateral ll. Calling the character Prince Sage, as this translation does, is a way of addressing both issues. (In general, transparently meaningful names have been rendered in English; all other names have been left in modernized Welsh spelling, with a note on pronunciation when they first occur.) The editor has also included a number of contextual materials that help place the Mabinogi in the context of medieval Welsh history and culture."--
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http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Mabinogion
Dewey number
891.6/631
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Language note
Text in English; translated from the Middle Welsh
LC call number
PB2363.M2
LC item number
B69 2017
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Boyd, Matthieu
Series statement
A Broadview anthology of British literature edition
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  • Welsh literature
  • Mythology, Celtic
  • Tales
  • Littérature galloise
  • Mythologie celtique
  • Contes
  • Mythology, Celtic
  • Tales
  • Welsh literature
  • Wales
  • Wales
Label
The four branches of the Mabinogi, edited and translated by Matthieu Boyd ; with the modernization assistance of Stacie Lents
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn990574218
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
119 pages
Isbn
9781554813193
Lccn
2017299653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
The four branches of the Mabinogi, edited and translated by Matthieu Boyd ; with the modernization assistance of Stacie Lents
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn990574218
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
119 pages
Isbn
9781554813193
Lccn
2017299653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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