Tuesday, March 03 2015 @ 09:15 PM MST
Contributed by: MMoriarty
Zeus, Achilles, and The Iliad are familiar to most of us, together with contemporary epic quests, such as The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Fewer of us are familiar with the epic heroes and myths of Celtic Ireland. This spring the literary discussions will explore these roots of Irish culture, from The Book of Invasions to W.B. Yeats plays about Cuchulain, the great Irish hero.
We begin with the familiar-- James Joyce’s youthful portrait of Stephen Daedalus (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)—and then transition to Irish folk beliefs in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. The later discussions will focus more directly on the mythology in The Tain, the great Irish epic, and on Yeats’s imaginative handling of the myths in his Cuchulain plays. Enhancing our exploration of Irish myths and heroes will be a public lecture on themes in Irish mythology.
Book discussions are from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, April 25: The Cuchulain plays of W.B. Yeats: At the Hawk’s Well, On Baile’s Strand, and The Death of Cuchulain
Public Lecture (7:00 PM): Thursday, April 9 “Themes in Irish Mythology” a lecture by Dr. Gregory Castle
For more information please visit http://www.azirishlibrary.org/events/book-discussion-group/