Brigid Ehrmantraut, Wolfson

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Prof Máire Ní Mhaonaigh
Dissertation Title:

Classical Influences in Medieval Irish Depictions of Otherworldly Characters


Biographical Information

I am a PhD candidate in ASNC studying Celtic languages and literatures. My doctoral research examines tenth- through thirteenth-century reception of Classical mythology in medieval Ireland. I work on both Middle Irish Classical adaptation texts and the potential influences of Classical mythological learning on other medieval Irish vernacular narratives. I completed my MPhil in ASNC in 2019, focusing on depictions of ruins (especially prehistoric ruins) in medieval Welsh and Latin literature. I received my AB from Princeton in 2018, concentrating in Classics, with a certificate in Medieval Studies; my undergradute thesis analyzed representations of burial mounds in medieval Irish, Old English, and insular Latin literature.

I am currently a Research Affiliate with the Classical Influences and Irish Culture (CLIC) Project at Aarhus University. I am Editor-in-Chief of Quaestio Insularis and an editorial assistant for the North American Journal of Celtic Studies.

In the past, I have served as Co-President of CCASNC (Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic), Co-Convener of CLANS (the Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar), and Steward of the Cambridge Tolkien Society. I have also worked on outreach projects such as the Resources for Schools Development programme organised and hosted by the ASNC Dept. and eDIL (the Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language), as well as schools outreach initiatives through Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

My doctoral research is funded by the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme.

Research Interests

My main research interests pertain to Irish and Welsh language and literature, Celtic philology, Classical reception, intellectual history, textual transmission, landscape theory and memory studies, and mythology and comparative religion. I also have side interests in Coptic, Nahuatl, and medieval Georgian langauge, literature, and culture.

Areas of Supervision

Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

  • Part I, Paper 5: Old English
  • Part I, Paper 7: Medieval Welsh
  • Part I, Paper 8: Medieval Irish
  • Part I, Paper 9: Insular Latin
  • Part II, Paper 12: Celtic Philology 

Faculty of Classics

  • Part IA, Papers 3–4: Latin Language and Texts
  • Part IB, Papers 3–4: Latin Language and Texts

Selected Publications

Articles

'The Pseudohistorical Prologue to In Cath Catharda', in Classical Antiquity in Medieval Ireland: The Antiquity Sagas and Related Literature, ed. by Michael Clarke, Erich Poppe, and Isabelle Torrance, Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception (Bloomsbury) (forthcoming) 

'How Samson Slew the Gesteda', in Classical Antiquity in Medieval Ireland: The Antiquity Sagas and Related Literature, ed. by Michael Clarke, Erich Poppe, and Isabelle Torrance, Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception (Bloomsbury) (forthcoming)

‘A Wrong Turn on the Way to Troy: Samson and the Classical Tradition in Medieval Ireland’, Celtica 34 (forthcoming)

'Of Mice and Mounds: Prehistoric Monuments in the Literature of Medieval Wales', Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 81 (Summer, 2021), 93–112

'In similtudinem fertae: Mythologization of Burial Mounds in Early Medieval Irish and Hiberno-Latin Literature', Quaestio Insularis 20 (2021 for 2019), 72–90

Reviews

Review: 'History and Salvation in Medieval Ireland by Elizabeth Boyle', Kelten 90 (2022) (https://kelten.vanhamel.nl/k90-2022-ehrmantraut-boyle-routledge-history-and-salvation-ireland)

Review: 'Medieval Welsh Medical Texts by Diana Luft', Kelten 87 (2021) (https://kelten.vanhamel.nl/k87-2021-ehrmantraut-review-diana-luft-welsh-charms)