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Place

Introduction

In this seminar we will examine how rural and urban places are represented in the folklore of the British Isles.

Seminar Question

How are rural and urban places represented in the folklore of the British Isles?

Required Reading

Coverley, Merlin, Psychogeography (Harpenden, 2012), Introduction.

Rees, Gareth E., Unofficial Britain: Journeys through Unexpected Places (London, 2020), Introduction: The Magic, Mythology and Folklore of Urban Space.

Rhys, John, Celtic Folklore, Welsh and Manx, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1901), especially Vol. 1, pp. 354-400 and Vol. 2, pp. 401-555.

Further Reading

Burnham, Andy, ed., The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland (London, 2018)

Evans, George Ewart, The Farm and the Village (London, 1975)

Hing, Richard, et al., eds, Folk Horror Revival: Urban Wyrd 2: Spirits of Place (Durham, 2019)

Kingshill, Sophia, and Jennifer Westwood, The Fabled Coast: Legends and Traditions from Around the Shores of Britain and Ireland (London, 2014)

Lubkowitz, Anneke, Haunted Spaces in Twenty-First Century British Nature Writing (Berlin, 2020)

Mills, A. D., A Dictionary of British Place-Names, rev. ed. (Oxford, 2011)

Ó hÓgáin, Dáithí, The Lore of Ireland: An Encyclopaedia of Myth, Legend and Romance (Woodbridge, 2006)

Paciorek, Andy, et al., eds, Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies, 2nd ed. (Durham, 2018)

Palmer, Roy, The Folklore of Warwickshire (London, 1976)

Parnell, Edward, Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country (London, 2019)

Rees, Gareth E., Unofficial Britain: Journeys through Unexpected Places (London, 2020)

Roud, Steve, The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland (Harmondsworth, 2003)

Simpson, Jacqueline, Green Men & White Swans: The Folklore of British Pub Names (London, 2010)

Westwood, Jacqueline, and Jacqueline Simpson, eds, Haunted England: The Penguin Book of Ghosts (Harmondsworth, 2008)

Westwood, Jennifer, and Jacqueline Simpson, The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends, from Spring-Heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys (Harmondsworth, 2005)

Westwood, Jennifer, and Sophia Kingshill, The Lore of Scotland: A Guide to Scottish Legends (London, 2009)