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Between the worlds: otherworld women as intermediaries in early Irish literature
Key, Heather Colleen
University College Cork
This thesis examines the ways in which Otherworldly women acted as intermediaries between the Otherworld and mortal world in early Irish literature. First it establishes the position of women in early Ireland so that appropriate comparisons can be made between mortal and Otherworld women throughout the thesis. Also, it defines what is meant by the ‘Otherworld’ and its relevence to the early Irish. It then goes on to discuss the differing goals of various intermediaries in early Irish texts, and in what manner they interact with mortals. It briefly looks at how Otherworld male intermediaries are treated differently in the literature, and why early authors might have used women in these roles as often as they did.
Otherworld women , Early Irish Literature
Key, H. C. 2013. Between the worlds: otherworld women as intermediaries in early Irish literature. PhD Thesis, University College Cork.