FYS 155 Celtic Worlds
Craig R. Davis, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM
A reading in translation of classical authors on the ancient Celts, as well as the imaginative literature of medieval Wales and Ireland. We will explore the unique religion of this archaic people, their conceptions of this and the Otherworld; their cult of the Great Mother and other divinities; their celebration of beauty, art, music, sexuality, and violence; the role of druids and “sovereignty goddesses” in the education of charismatic chieftains and their “warriors with horses”; the lives of Celtic saints, like Patrick, their miracles and devotion; and the beginnings of Arthurian romance in the Breton lais of Marie de France. This course counts toward the English major. Enrollment limited to 16 first-year students.