Bibliography

Catherine
McKenna
s. xx–xxi

24 publications between 1980 and 2019 indexed
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McKenna, Catherine, ‘Py ganwyf?’: some terminology for poetry in twelfth- and thirteenth-century Wales, H. M. Chadwick Memorial Lectures, 26, Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 2016.
McKenna, Catherine A., The medieval Welsh religious lyric: poems of the Gogynfeirdd, 1137–1282, Belmont, Mass.: Ford & Bailie, 1991.


Contributions to journals

McKenna, Catherine, “Cyfarwydd as poet in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi”, North American Journal of Celtic Studies 1:2 (November, 2017): 107–120.  
abstract:
On two occasions in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi, the figure of Gwydion presents himself in a court as a poet and provides entertainment, presumably in prose, in the form of cyfarwyddyd, a term that has been variously interpreted as ‘stories’ and ‘lore’. Little attention has been paid, however, to the episode in which Gwydion actually composes and recites poetry, the three englynion that he addresses to his nephew Lleu. This article examines those englynion—their vocabulary, function, and effect—and discusses the possible intentions of the Fourth Branch author in representing the magician Gwydion as an accomplished poet.
abstract:
On two occasions in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi, the figure of Gwydion presents himself in a court as a poet and provides entertainment, presumably in prose, in the form of cyfarwyddyd, a term that has been variously interpreted as ‘stories’ and ‘lore’. Little attention has been paid, however, to the episode in which Gwydion actually composes and recites poetry, the three englynion that he addresses to his nephew Lleu. This article examines those englynion—their vocabulary, function, and effect—and discusses the possible intentions of the Fourth Branch author in representing the magician Gwydion as an accomplished poet.
Sumner, Natasha, Barbara Hillers, and Catherine McKenna, “A night of storytelling and years in the ‘Z-Closet’: the re-discovery and restoration of Oidhche sheanchais, Robert Flaherty's ‘lost’ Irish folklore film”, Folklore: The Journal of the Folklore Society 126:1 (March, 2015): 1–19.  
abstract:
This article describes the acquisition by Harvard University's library of a print of Robert Flaherty's short 1934 film in the Irish language, Oidhche Sheanchais (A night of storytelling), the apparent disappearance of all copies of the film after 1943, the rediscovery of Harvard's copy in 2012, and the restoration process that has ensued. The authors discuss the song and the maritime legend at the heart of the film, as well as the film's significance as an early ethnodocumentary. The Appendix provides, for the first time, the text of the film's soundtrack, with full English translation.
abstract:
This article describes the acquisition by Harvard University's library of a print of Robert Flaherty's short 1934 film in the Irish language, Oidhche Sheanchais (A night of storytelling), the apparent disappearance of all copies of the film after 1943, the rediscovery of Harvard's copy in 2012, and the restoration process that has ensued. The authors discuss the song and the maritime legend at the heart of the film, as well as the film's significance as an early ethnodocumentary. The Appendix provides, for the first time, the text of the film's soundtrack, with full English translation.
McKenna, Catherine, “‘What dreams may come must give us pause’: Breudwyt Ronabwy and the Red Book of Hergest”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 58 (Winter, 2009): 69–99.
McKenna, Catherine, “Revising Math: kingship in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 46 (Winter, 2003): 95–118.
McKenna, Catherine A., “The theme of sovereignty in Pwyll”, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 29 (1980): 35–52.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

McKenna, Catherine, “Court poetry and historiography before 1282”, in: Geraint Evans, and Helen Fulton (eds), The Cambridge history of Welsh literature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 93–111.
McKenna, Catherine A., “Breuddwyd Rhonabwy”, in: Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, and Erich Poppe (eds), Arthur in the Celtic languages: the Arthurian legend in Celtic literatures and traditions, 9, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2019. 80–91.
McKenna, Catherine, “The grammar, rhetoric and exegetical logic of Ultán’s hymn”, in: Georgia Henley, Paul Russell, and Joseph F. Eska (eds), Rhetoric and reality in medieval Celtic literature: studies in honor of Daniel F. Melia, 11-12, Hamilton, NY: Colgate University Press, 2014. 114–127.
McKenna, Catherine, “The well of the saints in an ascendency lens”, in: Amber Handy, and Brian Ó Conchubhair (eds), The language of gender, power, and agency in Celtic studies, Dublin: Arlen House, 2014. 123–150.
McKenna, Catherine A., “The city of Chester in Gruffudd ap Maredudd’s Awdl i’r Grog o Gaer”, in: Helen Fulton (ed.), Urban culture in medieval Wales, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2012. 205–222.
McKenna, Catherine, “Angels and demons in the pages of Lebor na hUidre”, in: Joseph F. Eska (ed.), Narrative in Celtic tradition: essays in honor of Edgar M. Slotkin, 8, 9, New York: Colgate University Press, 2011. 157–180.
McKenna, Catherine, “The prince, the poet, and the scribe: reflections on the elegiac tradition in medieval Wales”, in: Morgan Thomas Davies (ed.), Proceedings of the Celtic Studies Association of North America Annual Meeting 2008, 10, New York: Colgate University Press, 2011. 75–95.
McKenna, Catherine, “The colonization of myth in Branwen ferch Lŷr”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), Myth in Celtic literatures, 6, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007. 105–119.
McKenna, Catherine, “Aspects of tradition formation in eighteenth-century Wales”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), Memory and the modern in Celtic literatures, 5, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006. 37–60.
McKenna, Catherine, “Vision and revision, iteration and reiteration, in Aislinge Meic Con Glinne”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy, and Leslie Ellen Jones (eds), Heroic poets and poetic heroes in Celtic tradition: a Festschrift for Patrick K. Ford, 3, 4, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 269–282.
McKenna, Catherine, “Between two worlds: Saint Brigit and pre-Christian religion in the Vita Prima”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), Identifying the 'Celtic', 2, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002. 66–74.
McKenna, Catherine, “Apotheosis and evanescence: the fortunes of Saint Brigit in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), The individual in Celtic literatures, 1, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 74–108.
McKenna, Catherine, “Learning lordship: the education of Manawydan”, in: John Carey, John T. Koch, and Pierre-Yves Lambert (eds), Ildánach Ildírech. A festschrift for Proinsias Mac Cana, 4, Andover and Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 1999. 101–120.
McKenna, Catherine, “Bygwth a dychan mewn barddoniaeth llys Gymraeg”, in: Morfydd E. Owen, and Brynley F. Roberts (eds), Beirdd a thywysogion: barddoniaeth llys yng Nghymru, Iwerddon a’r Alban: cyflwynedig i R. Geraint Gruffydd, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1996. 108–121.
Catherine McKenna, “The theme of sovereignty in Pwyll”, in: C. W. Sullivan III (ed.), The Mabinogi: a book of essays (1996): 303–330.
McKenna, Catherine, “The hagiographic poetics of Canu Cadfan”, in: Kathryn A. Klar, Eve E. Sweetser, and Claire Thomas (eds), A Celtic florilegium: studies in memory of Brendan O Hehir, 2, Lawrence, Massachusetts: Celtic Studies Publications, 1996. 121–137.
McKenna, Catherine, “Twin mystery verbs of the Canu i Gadfan”, in: Ann T. E. Matonis, and Daniel F. Melia (eds), Celtic language, Celtic culture: a festschrift for Eric P. Hamp, Van Nuys, California: Ford & Bailie, 1990. 267–272.