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Dr Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost Position: Tutor Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74843
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Extension: 77266
Location: John Percival Building

Research Interests

My main research interest is Welsh prose literature, especially that of the medieval period. Within that category, my primary interests fall into five main areas:

  • Translation and the history of translation
  • Antiquarianism and the reception of medieval literature
  • The history of medicine and science in Wales
  • Welsh travel writing
  • Digital humanities

Teaching Profile

BA in Welsh: Year One First Language

CY1745 Cymru a’i Diwylliant (contributor)
CY3260 Cyflwyniad i Lenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd Canol (contributor)

BA in Welsh: Year One Second Language

CY1584 Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg Fodern (contributor)
CY1699 Cwrs Gloywi (contributor)

BA in Welsh: Years Two and Three

CY3540 Cymru ar Daith: Llên Teithio Gymraeg




Research Projects

Texts out of Time: Medieval Welsh Prose in the Early Modern Period (2007-2010)
Funded by a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship , the project is a study of how medieval Welsh prose texts were used by the collectors, scholars, and authors of the early modern period. The outcome of this study is a monograph (currently in preparation) exploring the transmission, reception, and interpretation of these texts. Topics covered include the origin of the idea of ‘medieval Welsh prose’ and its implications, the interpretive shift in Mabinogi scholarship which allows those texts to be reinterpreted as historical sources, the eighteenth-century roots of the myth of the Physicians of Myddfai and its relation to the medieval medical tradition, and the reinterpretation of medieval texts of religious instruction in the light of the religious upheavals of the early modern period.

Welsh Prose 1350-1425 (1004-2007) and Welsh Prose 1300-1350 (2010)
Funded by the AHRC, the Welsh Prose 1350-1425 website contains searchable transcriptions of 28 manuscripts containing some 1.8 million words. The resource is available here, along with a more detailed description of the project:
Funded by the University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies and the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, Welsh Prose 1300-1350 will add the prose texts of that period to the existing 1350-1425 database, that is a further 27 manuscripts containing between 800,000 and one million words of text.

Postgraduate Students