Survivals in Belief Among the Celts
by George Henderson [ 1911 ]
An extensive review of evidence of pre-Christian beliefs in Celtic culture.
Celtic Myth and Legend
by Charles Squire [ 1905 ]
A comprehensive treatment of Irish, Welsh, and British mythology, from the ancient pagan pantheons up to the Arthurian legends.
The Religion of the Ancient Celts
by J. A. MacCulloch [ 1911 ]
An in-depth study of the pre-Christian Celtic religion.
Celtic Fairy Tales
by Joseph Jacobs [ 1892 ] [PB]
More Celtic Fairy Tales
by Joseph Jacobs [ 1894 ] [PB]
Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race
by Thomas Rolleston [ 1911 ] [PB]
A recounting of the Irish Mythological Chronicles
On the Study of Celtic Literature
by Matthew Arnold [ 1867 ] [PB]
A Book of Folklore
by Sabine Baring-Gould [ 1913 ] [PB]
Tom Tit Tot, An Essay on Savage Philosophy in Folk-Tale
by Edward Clodd [ 1898 ] [PB]
Links CELT, the Corpus of Electronic Texts [External Site] is a scholarly and very comprehensive archive of Celtic texts.
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In the history of theatre there has always been a conflict between engagement and disengagement on politics and relevant issue, between satire and grotesque on one side, and jest with teasing on the other.  Max Eastman defined the spectrum of satire in terms of "degrees of biting", as ranging from satire proper at the hot-end, and "kidding" at the violet-end; Eastman adopted the term kidding to denote what is just satirical in form, but is not really firing at the target.  Nobel laureate satirical playwright Dario Fo pointed out the difference between satire and teasing ( sfottò ).  Teasing is the reactionary side of the comic ; it limits itself to a shallow parody of physical appearance. The side-effect of teasing is that it humanizes and draws sympathy for the powerful individual towards which it is directed. Satire instead uses the comic to go against power and its oppressions, has a subversive character, and a moral dimension which draws judgement against its targets.     Fo formulated an operational criterion to tell real satire from sfottò , saying that real satire arouses an outraged and violent reaction, and that the more they try to stop you, the better is the job you are doing.  Fo contends that, historically, people in positions of power have welcomed and encouraged good-humoured buffoonery, while modern day people in positions of power have tried to censor, ostracize and repress satire.  
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