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You have to be well versed in Irish mythology for this book to appeal, and even then I'm guessing feminist scholars within the Celtic Studies community will be Findon's fans. In her work, Findon highlights Emer as an unusually influential female speaker in the mythos. I think Findon did a great job explaining her thesis and selecting sections from the texts to support it. She includes both the original Old and Middle Irish and English translations each time she quotes source material, and that m...
A useful review of Emer's appearances in the Ulster Cycle tales, with the original Old Irish texts thoughtfully included. I particularly appreciated this for the side-by-side comparisons of the rosc sections in Fled Bricrend, where even if you don't speak any Old Irish at all, Emer's verbal loquacity shines through. For a culture which values alliteration and assonance in its poetry, that section is basically just Emer dunking on everybody in a way that's apparent even to readers who don't have