Fantasy literature owes much of its imaginative power to myth, legend and folklore, often as recorded in European medieval literature. Some of the most successful texts of contemporary fantasy literature have turned to the 'Celtic' tradition, drawing inspiration from medieval Irish and Welsh mythological texts. This new book addresses a gap in scholarship by critically examining a number of works of contemporary (post-World-War-II) fantasy literature for children and young adults, that have adapted 'Celtic' myths, both Irish and Welsh. The book will explore the ways authors have rewritten, revised and adapted their medieval sources to reveal matters of identity and ideology.
Dimitra Fimi is Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. Her monograph Tolkien, Race and Cultural History won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies. She is co-editor A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages. She lectures on fantasy, children's literature, and medievalism.