O’Connor (Ralph)

O’Connor (Ralph): “Stepmother sagas” : an Irish analogue for Hjálmþérs saga ok Ölvérs.
In SS 72/1 (2000), pp. 1–48.
O’Connor (Ralph): Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo.
In Ériu 56 (2006), pp. 117–143.
Discusses the textual relationship of the various versions of the story concerning the revolt by the aithechthuatha (or ‘vassal peoples’), and analyses the recension known as Bruiden Meic Da Réo (providing comparisons with the alternative recension Scél ar Chairbre Cinn Cait throughout), offering an interpretation of this narrative as a developed exemplum principis in which the conflicting elements of the kingship ideology are scrutinized.
O’Connor (Ralph): Prophecy, storytelling and the otherworld in Togail bruidne Da Derga.
O’Connor (Ralph): Compilation as creative artistry: a reassessment of ‘narrative inconsistency’ in Togail bruidne Da Derga.
In CMCS 65 (Summer 2013), pp. 1–48.
Deals systematically with thirty narrative inconsistencies identified in the text and explains them away as (A) aesthetically trivial, (B) non-existent, or (C) functioning to strengthen the saga’s narrative coherence at some level.
O’Connor (Ralph): The destruction of Da Derga’s hostel: kingship and narrative artistry in a mediaeval Irish saga.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. x + 386 pp.
Rev. by
Matthieu Boyd, in Celtica 28 (2016), pp. 246-249.
T. M. Charles-Edwards, in CMCS 68 (Winter, 2014), pp. 116-118.
David Elton Gay, in Fabula 55/1-2 (2014), pp. 201-202.
Helen Imhoff, in ZCP 62 (2015), pp. 242-247.
Kelly A. Kilpatrick, in Nottingham Medieval Studies 58 (2014), pp. 276-279.
Kevin Murray, in JEGP 114/3 (Jul., 2015), pp. 451-453.
Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, in Speculum 89/1 (Jan., 2014), pp. 225-226.
O’Connor (Ralph): Irish narrative literature and the Classical tradition, 900–1300.
O’Connor (Ralph): Was classical imitation necessary for the writing of large-scale Irish sagas? Reflections on Táin bó Cúailnge and the ‘watchman device’.
O’Connor (Ralph) (ed.): Classical literature and learning in medieval Irish narrative / edited by Ralph O’Connor.
SCH, 34. Cambridge: Brewer, 2014. viii + 244 pp.
Rev. by
Mariamne Briggs, in CMCS 71 (Summer, 2016), pp. 83-85.
Marie-Luise Theuerkauf, in StC 49 (2015), pp. 202-203.
O’Connor (Ralph): Monsters of the tribe: berserk fury, shapeshifting and social dysfunction in Táin bó Cúailnge, Egils saga and Hrólfs saga kraka.