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.

Loving Medb

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.

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. 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 Brian Ó Catháin (An Sagart, 2009). Image:…

Giants, Boar-Hunts, and Barbering: Masculinity in Culhwch ac Olwen

Essay on the early Welsh Arthurian tale, Culhwch and Olwen. First presented in David N. Klausner’s Middle Welsh seminar at the Centre for Medieval Studies, 2004. Published in Arthuriana, the journal of the North American branch of the International Arthurian Society (2005). Image: adapted, © The Trustees of the British Museum (link) Arthuriana | JSTOR…