Unpacking Irish Oral Tradition

Author: Ava McCartin
Major: History, Literary Studies
Approved: Spring 2019
Status: In progress

The Irish people have long been known for their legendary story telling abilities and rich cultural history. By focusing in on specific examples of Irish storytelling, my project seeks to articulate the connection between verifiable events of Irish history and the traditions of legends and lore surrounding those events. The research will focus specifically on one or two areas of folklore from a designated region, most likely related to Selkie Folk— seal people. Through this research I hope to diagram the development of Irish oral traditions alongside Irish social, political and cultural history in order to draw tangible connections between the two. The culmination of this research will be a historical research paper that explains how and in what ways Irish history shaped and supported the development of its folklore as well as a visual display that further illuminates my research.