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Examining how we interpret Welshness today, this volume brings together fourteen essays covering a full range of representations of Welsh mythology, folklore, and ritual in popular culture. Topics covered include the twentieth-century fantasy fiction of Evangeline Walton, the Welsh presence in the films of Walt Disney, Welshness in folk music, video games, and postmodern l Examining how we interpret Welshness today, this volume brings together fourteen essays covering a full range of representations of Welsh mythology, folklore, and ritual in popular culture. Topics covered include the twentieth-century fantasy fiction of Evangeline Walton, the Welsh presence in the films of Walt Disney, Welshness in folk music, video games, and postmodern literature. Together, these interdisciplinary essays explore the ways that Welsh motifs have proliferated in this age of cultural cross-pollination, spreading worldwide the myths of one small British nation.


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Examining how we interpret Welshness today, this volume brings together fourteen essays covering a full range of representations of Welsh mythology, folklore, and ritual in popular culture. Topics covered include the twentieth-century fantasy fiction of Evangeline Walton, the Welsh presence in the films of Walt Disney, Welshness in folk music, video games, and postmodern l Examining how we interpret Welshness today, this volume brings together fourteen essays covering a full range of representations of Welsh mythology, folklore, and ritual in popular culture. Topics covered include the twentieth-century fantasy fiction of Evangeline Walton, the Welsh presence in the films of Walt Disney, Welshness in folk music, video games, and postmodern literature. Together, these interdisciplinary essays explore the ways that Welsh motifs have proliferated in this age of cultural cross-pollination, spreading worldwide the myths of one small British nation.

32 review for Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture: Essays on Adaptations in Literature, Film, Television and Digital Media

  1. 4 out of 5

    Savannah

    While reading this book of essays, I had flashbacks to my freshman year of college because of each essay is written in academic style and interpretation. The central theme that unites all of the essays is the integrations of classical welsh mythology into modern culture. The book’s focus audience of the authors are readers, who possess comprehensive knowledge about this mythology, especially a set of stories called the Mabinogian. Unfortunately, I like most people, do not have this knowledge, wh While reading this book of essays, I had flashbacks to my freshman year of college because of each essay is written in academic style and interpretation. The central theme that unites all of the essays is the integrations of classical welsh mythology into modern culture. The book’s focus audience of the authors are readers, who possess comprehensive knowledge about this mythology, especially a set of stories called the Mabinogian. Unfortunately, I like most people, do not have this knowledge, which made the majority of the essays confusing and a bit dry. The essays pertaining to specific areas of modern culture such as Howls Moving Castle, Torchwood, and Disney’s the Black Cauldron, that I am familiar with, were great fun to read. This set of essays is ideal for people who have an expert understanding of the Welsh mythology or are in a mythology class; otherwise I would not recommend it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Book Reviews

    Welsh mythology is often overlooked in modern culture, but it exists right alongside traditional Celtic and British mythology. This book shows, through a collection of essays, exactly how integrated Welsh myth and folklore is in our pop culture. The first few essays define Welsh mythology and how the meanings and morals are universal enough to carry through history to today. Then the essays go on to describe specific examples of Welsh myth in things such as music and movies. Popular shows and mo Welsh mythology is often overlooked in modern culture, but it exists right alongside traditional Celtic and British mythology. This book shows, through a collection of essays, exactly how integrated Welsh myth and folklore is in our pop culture. The first few essays define Welsh mythology and how the meanings and morals are universal enough to carry through history to today. Then the essays go on to describe specific examples of Welsh myth in things such as music and movies. Popular shows and movies, such as Torchwood, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Black Cauldron, use well known Welsh myths and ideals. This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in the world of Wales.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Some of the essays were interesting, but some were very dry and couldn't hold my attention; I ended up skimming a few of them. This is one of those books I'll be glad to have one day, but for now I really can't give it more than 3 stars. Some of the essays were interesting, but some were very dry and couldn't hold my attention; I ended up skimming a few of them. This is one of those books I'll be glad to have one day, but for now I really can't give it more than 3 stars.

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