Compilation as Creative Artistry: A Reassessment of ‘Narrative Inconsistency’ in Togail Bruidne Da Derga

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The Irish saga Togail Bruidne Da Derga has often been described as a tale riddled with narrative inconsistencies deriving from multiple, conflicting sources. In this paper I revisit all thirty of the inconsistencies alleged and demonstrate that some of them are illusory, some of them are real but trivial in narrative terms, and most of them are the result of deliberate artistic strategies which work to make the narrative more, not less, coherent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-48
Number of pages48
JournalCambrian Medieval Celtic Studies
Volume65
Issue number-
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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