The Cattle Raid of Cooley | Critical Essay by Joan N. Radner

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Critical Essay by Joan N. Radner

SOURCE: "'Fury Destroys the World': Historical Strategy in Ireland's Ulster Epic," The Mankind Quarterly, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Fall, 1982, pp. 41-60.

In this essay, Radner explores why the Táin was so popular during the eighth century, a time when Ireland's political situation differed so markedly from that of the Táin's audience. She concludes that the epic represents "a complex and strategic gesture of farewell to that [pagan era" that both glorifies the past and recognizes that its political environment was doomed to failure.]

Like other heroic literature which has been long maintained in oral tradition before its written redaction, the Ulster sagas of early Ireland present a highly archaic picture of life, and this fact has attracted much commentary.' The earliest of these sagas were probably committed to writing during the eighth century A...

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