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Tinkerbell Versus The Celts: Fairy Lore as Oral History

March 3, 3:30 PM

Main Library

Type: Lectures, Special Events
Age: Adult and Teen
Topic: Celtic Calling, Celtic Fairy Lore and Legends, Literature

Celtic fairy lore is not just entertaining stories for children, Disney-esque ‘Tinkerbell’ type ‘fakelore’ of the nineteenth and twentieth century romanticists, nor dismissible as rural superstition; stories of the dangerous, sinister Sidh/Fey/Gentry/Good People of peasant folk tradition actually may be the oral history of a series of 2,500 to 3,000 year old clashes between Iron Age cattle herding people and Bronze Age cultivators that resulted in continuous guerilla warfare. The speaker will examine some key elements of fairy lore, legends, history, cultural analogies, and archeology to conclude that some legends would be better considered as oral history. Michael J. Simonton earned his PhD in Social Anthropology at the National University of Ireland-Galway with a longitudinal study of aging within the context of sociocultural transformation. He is the author of several books and papers that include Celtic subjects. Currently he is the Director of Celtic Studies at Northern Kentucky University.

Location Details: 3rd floor meeting room

Presenter Name: Dr. Michael J. Simonton

Contact Name: Kim Dankovich-Taylor

Contact Email:

Contact Phone 304.343.4646 ext. 1262

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