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Title: Mapping medieval Welsh myth : a neo-structuralist analysis of the Mabinogion
Author: Miles-Watson, Jonathan
ISNI:       0000 0000 4924 4146
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2006
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By employing a new kind of neo-Structuralist analysis this thesis demonstrates that a coherent structure underlies the medieval Welsh tales that have become collectively known as the Mabinogion. The first part of the thesis examines Levi-Strauss' Structuralist analysis technique and places it in the context of the wider field of the analysis of myth. The development of the Structuralist technique and the emergence of neo-Structuralism are then explored and pertinent criticisms of the technique are addressed. The first section of the work ends by positing a new, modified, model for neo-Structuralist analysis. This analysis technique is then applied to the Mabinogion, which are a set of closely related myths. Each myth is individually contextualised and a general section of ethnographic background precedes the analysis. As the myths are analysed trends in the patterning of the extrapolated data emerge and these are explored in detail. By the end of the analysis it is established that a clear pattern underlies all the material and this structure is then discussed both in relation to medieval Welsh social structure and neo-Structuralist theory.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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