I will spout a jet of blood in your face: Womens words in the Tain Bo Cualinge, its pre-tales and the Fingal Ronan

Claire Harrill


No Abstract Available


Irish Literature; Tain Bo Cualinge; Pre-modern; Gender Studies; Fingal Ronan; Ulster Cycle

Full Text:



Primary Texts

Cross, T.P and Slover, C.H. eds. Ancient Irish Tales. Dublin, Allen Figgis, 1969.

Kinsella, Thomas The Tain. Oxford, 2002.

Works cited

Bitel, Lisa M. Conceived in Sins, Born in Delights: Stories of Procreation from Early Ireland Journal of the History of Sexuality 3 (1992)

Borsje, Jacqueline. Omens, ordeals and oracles: on demons and weapons in early Irish texts. Peritia 13.-1 (1999)

Bowen, Charles. Great-Bladdered Medb: Mythology and Invention in the Tin B Cuilange Eire-Ireland 10 (1975)

Dominguez, Diana Veronica. " Is dethbir disi"[It is appropriate (that she behave in this way)]: applying the lens of gender parody to Medb in the Old Irish Ulster Cycle. PhD Thesis (2004).

Dooley, Ann. The invention of women in the Tin. Ulidia. Belfast: December Publications, 1994.

Findon, Joanna. A Womans Words: Emer versus Cu Chulainn in Aided Oenfir Aife Ulidia. Belfast: December Publications 2004.

Herbert, Mire. Celtic heroine? The archaeology of the Deirdre story. Gender in Irish writing (Open University 1991)

Jaski, Bart. Marriage laws in Ireland and on the continent in the early Middle Ages. The fragility of her sex?: medieval Irishwomen in their European context. ed. Simms, Katharine. Four Courts Press, 1996.

Mallory, James P. Aspects of the Tin. David Brown Book Company, 1992.

Ni Bhrolchain, Murieann. Re Toin Mna: In Pursuit of Troublesome Women Ulidia. Belfast: December Publications 1994.

OCorrain, Donnchadh O'Dowd, Mary, and Sabine Wichert, eds. Chattel, servant or citizen: women's status in church, state and society: papers read before the XXIst Irish Conference of Historians, held at Queen's University of Belfast, 27-30 May 1993. Vol. 19. (Dufour Editions 1995.)

OLeary, Philip. The Honour of Women in Early Irish Literature Eriu 38 (1987)

O'Rahilly, Thomas Francis. On the origin of the names rainn and riu. Eriu 14 (1946)

Kelly, Fergus. A guide to early Irish law. (Dublin institute for advanced studies 1988)

Sessle, Erica Misogyny and Medb: Approaching Medb with Feminist Criticism Ulidia. Belfast December Publications 1994.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c)

Postgraduate English is hosted by Durham University, Department of English Studies, UK. Unless otherwise specified, all articles published from 2000-2011 inclusive are copyright Durham University. All articles published from 2012 onwards are copyright of the author(s). All articles from 2012 onwards are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 licence.

Please view the privacy notice for details on how we process your personal data: Privacy Notice.

ISSN: 1756-9761

Durham University