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EXPERTISE
Anthropology & Cultural Studies
Literature
Vikings & Scandinavia
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH:
BIOGRAPHY
Emeritus Professor of English, Dr. C.W. Sullivan III is retired from the English Department at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, USA. Among his honors there, he was named Distinguished Research Professor of Arts and Sciences at ECU, ECU Board of Trustees Distinguished Research Professor of English, and UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching. He is also a Full Member of the Welsh Academy for his contributions to the study of medieval Welsh Celtic myth and literature, a past president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and the former editor of the ejournal, Celtic Cultural Studies.

He has written or edited 10 books, including "Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy," "The 'Mabinogi:' A Book of Essays," "Fenian Diary: Denis B. Cashman on board the 'Hougoumont,' 1867-1868," and "Heinlein’s Juvenile Novels: A Cultural Dictionary," over 50 refereed articles, including “Reconsidering the Convict Ships, 1788-1868,” “Folklore and Fantastic Literature,” “Cultural Worldview: Marginalizing the Fantastic in the Seventeenth Century,” and “Inheritance and Lordship in 'Math'” [the Fourth Branch of the 'Mabinogi'], over 100 commissioned articles, lots of conference papers and book reviews, and so on.

In 2008, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Debrecen University, Hungary, and he is currently a visiting professor in Hollins University’s Summer Graduate Program in Children’s Literature. He now lives in a log cabin near Floyd, VA, USA, with his lovely wife, oral historian Sheree Scarborough.

More information can be found at www.cwsullivaniii.com

TALKS
Selected Invited Lectures:

“The Influence of 'The Mabinogion' on Fantastic Literature,” The Welsh Academy, Abergavenny, Wales, UK, 1996.

“'The Mabinogi' and the Counter Culture,” Celtic Cultures Conference, The University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 1999.

“J.K. Rowling and Ursula K. Le Guin: Creating the Series Book Fantasy World,” New Worlds Conference, Children’s Books Ireland, Dublin, 2000.

“Denis B. Cashman and His Diary,” Celtic Studies Symposium, University of Sydney, Australia, 2003.

“'The Mabinogi' and Matrilineal Power,” Medieval Studies Department, University of Sydney, Australia, 2003.

“Macbeth: A Political and Cultural Document,” Eger University, Eger, Hungary, 2008.

“Children’s Oral Poetry: Identity and Obscenity,” Poetry and Childhood Conference, The British Library, London, 2009.

“Tolkien’s Sources: Celtic and Scandinavian,” NEH Summer Seminars: Texas A&M University, 2005 & 2009.

“What’s Fantastic About Fantastic Literature,” Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, 2013.

“Robert A. Heinlein: Building and Defending the Empire,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, 2014.

“Macbeth: A Man Out of His Time,” Roanoke Public Library, Roanoke, VA, 2016.

I believe that the titles of the selected invited lectures above are, for the most part, fairly self-explanatory. So, let me say that I can speak on a variety of topics from the ancient and medieval Scandinavian and Celtic myths and legends (and the cultures in which they circulated) that have occupied the major part of my scholarly interest for more than 50 years, through the ways in which Medieval and Renaissance literatures illustrate the cultural shift from a medieval worldview to the modern worldview (the seventeenth century now being considered the pre-modern era) and my belief that of all of Shakespeare’s plays Macbeth captures that medieval-to-modern shift is its essential elements, to modern fantastic literature (i.e., fantasy and science fiction) that, more than contemporary realistic literature, deals with the major practical and philosophical issues of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

In short, I can present (and have presented) entertaining and educational lectures on these topics—medieval Celtic and Scandinavian literatures and cultures, the change in worldview in Renaissance England, and the history and significance of recent fantastic literature. I also do have a few things to say about nineteenth-century Fenianism in Ireland, the transportation of Irish political prisoners to Australia, and the histories of some of those prisoners when they escaped or were pardoned and came to the United States of America.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
I lectured on board the Viking Star during a Viking Homelands Cruise in May-June of 2017. I spoke about Tolkien and the dragon slayer tale that dates back to Thor and the Midgard Serpent, on Tolkien and other fantasy writers' discovery of Northern European myth and legend in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and on Macbeth as a traditional Heroic Age hero in a time too complex for such heroes. I particularly enjoyed talking with people after the lectures and in such casual spots as hallways, restaurants, and lounges, and I was very pleased with the number of people who came up, introduced themselves, and engaged me in conversation.

In May of 2018, I lectured on board the Viking Sun during a British Isles Discovery Cruise. I spoke about "King Arthur," his Celtic origins and the books and movies that have appeared since Malory's "Morte d'Arthur," on "Celtic Myth: Irish and Welsh," discussing the major cycles of the Irish stories and the oldest materials from "The Mabinogion" as they provided a window into the cultural development of the Irish and the Welsh, and I repeated my lecture on Macbeth as a man out of his time. Once again, I enjoyed the ambience of the cruise that allowed me to talk with people immediately after the lectures as well as in such more casual spots as mentioned above; again, I was pleased with the number of people who introduced themselves and engaged me in conversation.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Sun SU180505 British Isles Explorer 14 Greenwich, London Saturday, May 5, 2018
Viking Star ST170520 Viking Homelands 14 Stockholm Saturday, May 20, 2017