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Applying the Narrative Theory of Vladamir Propp to the Remscéla Tána Bó Cúailnge
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English, Celtic Section. Department of Irish and Celtic Studies, Trinity College Dublin.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1610-0877
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents some of my findings from a structural study of the remscéla ‘prefatory tales’ to the Táin Bó Cúailnge in Eg. 1782 (Eg.); it outlines the application and adaptation of Proppian methodology in the search of an overarching principle governing the use of the classificatory term remscél. Moving away from the traditional taxonomy, Propp’s framework provides a fitting empirical schema for the study of the Remscéla Tána Bó Cúailnge, as it looks beneath the descriptive details of the superficial narrative stratum. I endeavour to show that, through the application of the Proppian model, we can unearth the minimal narrative components (i.e. the narrative ‘functions’) of the series of these twelve tales. Once revealed, the narrative ‘functions’ of the remscéla corpus in Eg. provide us with a better understanding of their textual reception and the compiler’s intentions. I hope to show that, although the remscéla list was a secondary invention to the composition of the individual tales, their collocation and form in the Eg. compilation reflects a conscious attempt at creating a narrative whole.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279857OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279857DiVA: diva2:909099
ICCS (International Congress of Celtic Studies) XV,University of Glasgow
Available from: 2016-03-04 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2016-03-04

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