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Dr Juliette Wood - MA (Wales), PhD (Univ. of Pennsylvania), M. Litt (Oxon)


Dr Juliette Wood Position: Tutor Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74843
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Extension: 77266
Location: John Percival Building

Research Interests

Dr Juliette Wood is a professional folklorist trained in the United States, but currently living in Britain. She specialises in medieval folklore and Celtic tradition and is interested in the modern revivals of magic and Celticism. In addition to television and radio work on folklore topics, major interest at the present time is the relation between medieval tradition and popular culture with special reference to ‘new age’ movements.

She has served both as President and Secretary of The Folklore Society, based at the Warburg Institute London and is currently a Director. She has published articles on folkloristics and various topics of medieval narrative and folklore in Studia Celtica, Etudes Celtiques, and Folklore. Dr Wood has been appointed an Honorary Research Fellow of the Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. The sponsoring department is St. Fagans National History Museum, and the term of the appointment is for 5 years.

Teaching Profile

MA in Welsh Ethnology
  • The Welsh Folk Narrative Tradition
  • Theoretical Issues in Folklore and Ethnology
  • Welsh Identity in folklore and Popular culture
MA in Early Celtic Studies
  • The Arthurian Legend


Selection of Publications

New Virtual Special Issue of Folklore.  Please see the link here

The Melusine Legend in Wales: Modern Period’ Melusines: continentales et insulaires Actes du colloque international tenu les 27 et 28 mars 1997 a L’Universite Paris XII et au College des Irlandais. Edited by Jeanne-Marie Boivin and Proinsias MacCana Paris Honoré Champion 1999, 297-314.

‘The Holy Grail: From: Romance Motif to Modern Genre’ Folklore Vol.111 (2000) 169-190.

‘A Welsh Triad: Charlotte Guest, Marie Trevelyan, Mary Williams. Pp. 259-76. Women & Tradition A neglected Group of folklorists Edited by Carmen Blacker & Hilda Davidson. Carolina Academic Press Durham, North Carolina 2000.

‘Nibbling Pilgrims and the Nanteos Cup: A Cardiganshire Legend’ Nanteos A Welsh House and its Families edited by Gerald Morgan, Gomer Press Llandysul, Ceredigion 2001.

‘Caerleon Restaurata: The Narrative World of Early Medieval Gwent’ 317- 330 The Gwent County History vol. I Gwent in Prehistory and Early History edited by Miranda Green and Ray Howell. University of Wales Press Cardiff 2004.

‘Where Does Britain End? The Reception of Geoffrey of Monmouth in Scotland and Wales’ in The Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend edited by Rhiannon Purdie and Nicola Royan Arthurian Studies lxi D.S. Brewer 2005 9-24.

"The Horse in Welsh Folklore" chapter in The Celtic Horse edited by S. Davies and N. Jones, University of Wales Press, 1997.

Eternal Chalice: The Myth of the Holy Grail I.B. Tauris, 2008.

Postgraduate Students

Current Research Students

Isabelle Valade (PhD): ‘Medievalism and National Identity: A Study of Medieval and Modern Arthurian Literature’ (with Professor Sioned Davies)