Dr Geraldine Parsons

  • Lecturer (Celtic and Gaelic)

telephone: 01413304590
email: Geraldine.Parsons@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

I work primarily on the literature and language of the medieval and early modern Gaelic-speaking world.  I have a particular interest in the material centred on the legendary hero Finn mac Cumaill (later Finn/Fionn Mac Cumhaill/McCool), known as fíanaigecht (fianaigheacht / fiannaíocht)literature. My research is often concerned with the great Middle Irish text at the heart of that corpus, Acallam na Senórach (‘The Colloquy of the Ancients’) and an ongoing project is the preparation of an edition of the Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 487 copy of the Acallam. I am also concerned with questions of genre and convention in medieval Irish literature more broadly, including the inter-relationships of prose and poetry, and with medieval Welsh literature.

I am developing interests in the reception of medieval Irish literature in modern Ireland (currently Darrell Figgis’ engagement with medieval texts) and in eighteenth-century Scottish Gaelic literature through work on manuscripts collected by the Rev James McLagan (1728-1805).

Ongoing projects for publication include a volume of essays on the Finn Cycle co-edited with Sharon J. Arbuthnot and Síle Ní Mhurchú, and one on McLagan and his manuscripts co-edited with Sìm Innes.

I am one of the organisers of the Ulidia VI/Finn III conference, and have previously organised conferences such as McLagan and his Manuscripts (University of Glasgow, 2016); XV International Congress of Celtic Studies (University of Glasgow, 2014); 2nd International Conference on the Finn Cycle (University of Glasgow, 2014); Fíanaigecht Studies: Twenty Years A-Growing (University of Cambridge, 2009).

I welcome contact from anyone interested in postgraduate study in my research areas.

Please note that I am away from Glasgow during the academic session 2017-18.  During my leave, I will be the Snell Visitor to Balliol College, Oxford and the 2018 Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Visiting Professor in British Literature at the University of Connecticut.  


Grants

Externally awarded grants include:

  • MHRA Conference Grant Fund (in connection with An t-Urr. Seumas MacLathagain (1728-1805) agus a làmh-sgrìobhainnean | The Rev. James McLagan (1728-1805) and his manuscripts) (2016) [jointly awarded with Dr Sìm Innes]
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh: Small Research Grant (for work on an edition of the Rawl. B. 487 version of Acallam na Senórach) (2014)
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant (for work on the Rawlinson B. 487 version of Acallam na Senórach) (2011)
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland a Publication Illustration Grant (in respect of Sharon J. Arbuthnot & Geraldine Parsons (eds), The Gaelic Finn Tradition (Dublin, 2012)) (2009)

Internally awarded grants include:

  • School of Humanities, Research Incentivisation Fund (2016)
  • Strategic Research Fund (2016) [jointly award with Dr Sìm Innes]
  • Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, conference organisation funding (2013) 
  • The Chancellor’s Fund (2012)

Supervision

I currently supervise four PhD projects.  These concern medieval and early modern Irish literature (Finn Cycle and Ulster Cycle texts), medieval Gaelic learned culture and medieval Welsh literature.  I was an external supervisor for a successful doctoral candidate at Universität Zürich, 2012-15.  I also supervise a wide range of work at Masters level for students of Celtic and Gaelic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Comparative Literature and the Fantasy Literature.  I welcome contact from anyone wishing to work on medieval Celtic literary topics at postgraduate level.


Teaching

Undergraduate:

I convene and teach four Honours courses:

  • Introduction to Early Gaelic (Old and Middle Irish)
  • Advanced Early Gaelic Texts
  • Early Gaelic Literature in Translation
  • The Finn Cycle

I contribute to the teaching of:

  • Celtic Civilisation 1A
  • Celtic Civilisation 1B
  • Celtic Civilisation 2A
  • Comparative Literature 1A: Heroic Men

Postgraduate:

I convene the MLitt in Celtic Studies Programme.

I convene and teach on:

  • Skills and Scholarship in Celtic Studies
  • Themes and Debates in Celtic Studies

and contribute widely to other postgraduate teaching within Celtic and Gaelic and across the School of Humanities and the College of Arts.


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2017 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009 | 2008 | 2003
Number of items: 13.

2017

Parsons, G. (2017) Aisling (vision). In: Echard, S. and Rouse, R. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781118396988 (doi:10.1002/9781118396957.wbemlb067)

Parsons, G. (2017) Longes Mac nUislenn. In: Echard, S. and Rouse, R. (eds.) The Encyclopaedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781118396988 (doi:10.1002/9781118396957.wbemlb638)

Parsons, G. (2017) Tochmarc Étaíne. In: Echard, S. and Rouse, R. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Wiley Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ. ISBN 9781118396988

Parsons, G. (2017) Verse-capping, truth and identity in some medieval Irish prosimetric narratives. In: Croizy-Naquet, C. and Szkilnik, M. (eds.) Recontres du vers et de la prose: Conscience poétique et mise en texte. Les Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle: Paris, pp. 263-278. ISBN 9782878549164

2014

Parsons, G. (2014) Revisiting Almu in middle Irish texts. In: Boyle, E. and Hayden, D. (eds.) Authorities and Adaptations: The Reworking and Transmisison of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies: Dublin, pp. 211-231. ISBN 9781855002258

Parsons, G. (2014) The narrative voice in Acallam na Senórach. In: Doyle, A. and Murray, K. (eds.) In Dialogue with the Agallamh: Essays in Honour of Seán Ó Coileáin. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 109-124. ISBN 9781846823855

2012

Arbuthnot, S.J. and Parsons, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Gaelic Finn Tradition. Four Courts Press: Dublin, Ireland. ISBN 9781846822773

Arbuthnot, S. J. and Parsons, G. (2012) Introduction. In: The Gaelic Finn Tradition. Four Courts: Dublin, pp. 9-13. ISBN 978-1-84682-277-3

Parsons, G. (2012) Breaking the cycle? Accounts of the death of Finn. In: Arbuthnot, S.J. and Parsons, G. (eds.) The Gaelic Finn Tradition. Four Courts Press: Dublin, Ireland, pp. 81-96. ISBN 9781846822773

2011

Parsons, G. (2011) Whitley Stokes, Standish Hayes O'Grady and 'Acallam na Senórach'. In: Boyle, E. and Russell, P. (eds.) The Tripartite Life of Whitley Stokes (1830-1909). Four Courts: Dublin, pp. 185-195. ISBN 9781846822780

2009

Parsons, G. (2009) Acallam na Senórach as Prosimetrum. In: Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Collquium. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674035283

2008

Parsons, G. (2008) The Structure of Acallam na Senórach. Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 55, pp. 11-39.

2003

Parsons, G. (2003) "Never the twain shall meet?" East and West in the characterization of Conchobar mac Nessa. Quaestio Insularis, 4, pp. 35-56.

This list was generated on Tue Jul 17 00:50:22 2018 BST.
Number of items: 13.

Articles

Parsons, G. (2008) The Structure of Acallam na Senórach. Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 55, pp. 11-39.

Parsons, G. (2003) "Never the twain shall meet?" East and West in the characterization of Conchobar mac Nessa. Quaestio Insularis, 4, pp. 35-56.

Book Sections

Parsons, G. (2017) Aisling (vision). In: Echard, S. and Rouse, R. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781118396988 (doi:10.1002/9781118396957.wbemlb067)

Parsons, G. (2017) Longes Mac nUislenn. In: Echard, S. and Rouse, R. (eds.) The Encyclopaedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781118396988 (doi:10.1002/9781118396957.wbemlb638)

Parsons, G. (2017) Tochmarc Étaíne. In: Echard, S. and Rouse, R. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Wiley Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ. ISBN 9781118396988

Parsons, G. (2017) Verse-capping, truth and identity in some medieval Irish prosimetric narratives. In: Croizy-Naquet, C. and Szkilnik, M. (eds.) Recontres du vers et de la prose: Conscience poétique et mise en texte. Les Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle: Paris, pp. 263-278. ISBN 9782878549164

Parsons, G. (2014) Revisiting Almu in middle Irish texts. In: Boyle, E. and Hayden, D. (eds.) Authorities and Adaptations: The Reworking and Transmisison of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies: Dublin, pp. 211-231. ISBN 9781855002258

Parsons, G. (2014) The narrative voice in Acallam na Senórach. In: Doyle, A. and Murray, K. (eds.) In Dialogue with the Agallamh: Essays in Honour of Seán Ó Coileáin. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 109-124. ISBN 9781846823855

Arbuthnot, S. J. and Parsons, G. (2012) Introduction. In: The Gaelic Finn Tradition. Four Courts: Dublin, pp. 9-13. ISBN 978-1-84682-277-3

Parsons, G. (2012) Breaking the cycle? Accounts of the death of Finn. In: Arbuthnot, S.J. and Parsons, G. (eds.) The Gaelic Finn Tradition. Four Courts Press: Dublin, Ireland, pp. 81-96. ISBN 9781846822773

Parsons, G. (2011) Whitley Stokes, Standish Hayes O'Grady and 'Acallam na Senórach'. In: Boyle, E. and Russell, P. (eds.) The Tripartite Life of Whitley Stokes (1830-1909). Four Courts: Dublin, pp. 185-195. ISBN 9781846822780

Parsons, G. (2009) Acallam na Senórach as Prosimetrum. In: Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Collquium. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674035283

Edited Books

Arbuthnot, S.J. and Parsons, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Gaelic Finn Tradition. Four Courts Press: Dublin, Ireland. ISBN 9781846822773

This list was generated on Tue Jul 17 00:50:22 2018 BST.