Feasts for the Eyes: Visuality and Desire in the Ulster Cycle
Essay on gender and visuality in three sagas of the Ulster cycle. First presented at Kalamazoo, May 2006. Published in Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland, ed. Sarah Sheehan and Ann Dooley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Illustration: Bob Pepper cover art for Evangeline Walton’s Island of the Mighty.
Review essay examining past critical perspectives on Queen Medb, a character in the early Irish Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle-Raid of Cooley). Published in Gablánach in Scélaigecht: Celtic Studies in Honour of Ann Dooley, ed. Sarah Sheehan, Joanne Findon, and Westley Follett (Four Courts Press, 2013). Image: Barry Reynolds, from Colmán Ó Raghallaigh’s An Táin.
Losing Face: Heroic Discourse and Inscription in Flesh in Scéla Mucce Meic Dathó
Essay on heroes, masculinity, and the body in the early Irish saga The Story of Mac Dathó’s Pig. First presented at Victoria College, University of Toronto in March 2006. A revised version appears in my thesis. Published in The Ends of the Body: Identity and Community in Medieval Culture, ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Jill…
Fer Diad De-Flowered: Homoerotics and Masculinity in Comrac Fir Diad
Short essay on heroic violence and homoeroticism in the Fer Diad episode of the early Irish Táin Bó Cúailnge. A revised version appears in my thesis. Published in Ulidia 2: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, National University of Ireland Maynooth, 24–27 June 2005, ed. Ruairí Ó hUiginn and…