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Celtic Literature



I. Purpose:
To support the study of Celtic literatures as ancillary to other fields. Celtic literature in the original is offered at the graduate level. Some master's reports deal with this field, but no doctoral program is offered. Celtic literature in translation is given at the upper division level, and occasional senior honors papers are presented. Besides the relation of Celtic studies to English literature, many other fields touch on it; for example, history, mythology, religion, church history, art history, and linguistics (in both theoretical and historical studies).

 
II. General Collections Guidelines:
A. Languages: Medieval Irish and Welsh are the primary languages collected (at this period, Irish and Scottish were the same language). Modern Irish, Scottish and Welsh literature are acquired selectively. Breton, Cornish and Manx, chiefly of linguistic interest, are acquired selectively. English translations of important Celtic works are collected at the level of the original work.
B. Chronological Guidelines: The Medieval period is the major period of interest. Literature of the twentieth century (e.g. diaries, short stories, poetry) is acquired selectively.
C. Geographical Guidelines: Ireland, Scotland, Wales. Scottish Gaelic is spoken outside Scotland on Cape Breton Island and in parts of Newfoundland, and a few Gaelic books and newspapers appear in Canada.
D. Treatment of Subject: Critical, historical, textual, and bibliographical studies are acquired at the same level as the literature. Critical and biographical works on the Gogynfeirdd of Wales and the Bardic poets of Ireland are of special interest.
E. Types of Material: Because the manuscripts in some form are central to the study of Celtic literature, facsimiles, diplomatic editions, and microforms of them are acquired.
F. Date of Publication: Both recent and older publications are acquired since much of the work of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries has not been superseded.
G. Other General Considerations: The 6th Floor Stack Enclosure and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center contain most of the available facsimiles. For Celtic languages, see Linguistics Statement.
III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP[NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Celtic Literature: General PB 1096-1100 PCL (MAIN) B[3] Celtic Literature
Irish Literature PB 1306-1399 PCL (MAIN) B[3] Celtic Literature
Exception: Irish Literature of Twentieth Century PCL (MAIN) A[2] Celtic Literature
Irish Literature: Translations into English PB 1421-1433 PCL (MAIN) B[3] English Literature
Exception: Translations into English of Irish Literature of Twentieth Century PCL (MAIN) A[2] English Literature
Gaelic Literature PB 1605-1668 PCL (MAIN) B[3] Celtic Literature
Exception: Gaelic Literature of Twentieth Century PCL (MAIN) A[2] Celtic Literature
Gaelic Literature: Translations into English PB 1681-1695 PCL (MAIN) B[3] Celtic Literature
Exception: Translations into English of Gaelic Literature of Twentieth Century PCL (MAIN) A[2] Celtic Literature
Manx Literature PB 1851-1888 PCL (MAIN) A[2] Celtic Literature
Welsh Literature PB 2206-2285 PCL (MAIN) A[2] Celtic Literature
Modern Welsh Literature PB 2287-2348 PCL (MAIN) A[2] Celtic Literature
Welsh Literature: Translations into English to 1800 PB 2361-2373 PCL (MAIN) B[3] Celtic Literature
Welsh Literature: Translations into English 19th & 20th Centuries PB 2381-2389 PCL (MAIN) A[2] Celtic Literature

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