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Barbara Hillers, '"That very clever man": Ulysses in medieval Ireland'
Barbara Hillers, '"That very clever man": Ulysses in medieval Ireland'
WhenFriday, Feb. 28, 2020, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationDenny Hall (DEN)
Campus room259
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDept of Classics

Stephen Hinds

206 543 2266
Target AudienceFaculty and students in Classics, Medieval Studies, Folklore; interested members of the public

Barbara Hillers is an Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. 

Her research focuses on international storytelling, oral literature and material culture of Ireland and Scotland, narrative charms and folk healing, the international ballad tradition and gender and women’s space in folk narrative and song.  She is co-director (Dr Sìm Innes, Glasgow University) of an online collaborative project Seanchas: The Global Gaelic Jukebox and author and editor of numerous publications including Child's Children: Ballad Study and its Legacies (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier) and two forthcoming books, Charms, Charmers and Charming in Ireland: Tradition and Innovation (co-edited) and The Medieval Irish Odyssey.

Among her publications are “The Medieval Irish Wandering of Ulysses Between Literacy and Orality”, “Ulysses and the Judge of Truth: Sources and Meanings in the Irish Odyssey”, “Cleas a' Choin Sholair: Aesop's Dog Fable in the Poetry of Sìleas na Ceapaich,” and “The Middle Irish 'Wanderings of Aeneas'.”

Her talk deals with vernacular adaptations of Homeric subject matter in medieval Ireland, in particular a strikingly original Middle Irish prose saga, The Wandering of Ulysses, which purports to tell the story of Ulysses’ voyage and his homecoming.…
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