StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to both remind myself that it’s there and to show it to you in case you might find it interesting, too.
Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology
by Dimitra Fimi
Published in 2017
From The StoryGraph:
Fantasy literature owes much of its imaginative power to myth, legend and folklore, often as recorded in European medieval literature. Some of the most successful texts of contemporary fantasy literature have turned to the ‘Celtic’ tradition, drawing inspiration from medieval Irish and Welsh mythological texts. This new book addresses a gap in scholarship by critically examining a number of works of contemporary (post-World-War-II) fantasy literature for children and young adults, that have adapted ‘Celtic’ myths, both Irish and Welsh. The book will explore the ways authors have rewritten, revised and adapted their medieval sources to reveal matters of identity and ideology.
I’ve read some of Dimitra Fimi’s writings about J.R.R. Tolkien and his work, but I haven’t ventured away from Fimi’s Tolkien-based works. But I have an interest in both Celtic lore and in contemporary fantasy, so this book sounds like it’s right up my alley. I’ve read several books about the genre of fantasy, and this is a continuation of that interest. I don’t think my local library has a copy, but I’m sure I’ll be able to find a copy via inter-library loan.