Dr Juliette Wood is an American academic who studied folklore and Celtic
literature at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Wales and Oxford. She now
lives in Cardiff where she is Associate Lecturer in the School of Welsh Cardiff
University and a Director of The Folklore Society at the Warburg Institute,
- M. Litt (Oxford), 'The Hanes Taliesin Tradition' .
- Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania), ‘Conceptual Geography in Medieval
- M.A. (University of Pennsylvania),
- M.A. University of Wales (Aberystwyth).
Associate Lecturer in the Department of Welsh, Cardiff University, Tutor
Department of Continuing Education, Reading University and Secretary of the
- Celtic Studies
- Early and Modern Magic
- History and Practice of Folklore
Dr Juliette Wood is a professional folklorist and Celtic scholar educated
in the United States, but currently living in Britain. After gaining degrees
in medieval philosophy and Arthurian literature, she studied folklore at the
University of Pennsylvania, from which she holds both an M.A and a PhD. Her
doctoral thesis examined similarities between the geography and cosmology
of medieval travelogues and journeys to the other world in Celtic and Italian
tales. She continued her studies in folklore and Celtic literature at the
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and at Linacre College, Oxford where
she received an M.Litt degree for research into the traditions of the Welsh
Dr Wood has also been a professional consultant to TV and media production
companies, both UK based and international. In addition she has organised
several major conferences such as the Scottish Medievalists Conference in
Oxford (1993) and New Perspectives on Fairy lore (1997) in Cardiff. In addition
to television and radio work on folklore topics, her major interest at the
present time is the relation between medieval tradition and popular culture
with special reference to 'new age' movements. She currently teaching courses
at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University on a range of topis
including the 'Sources of Pagan Thought'; 'Belief Systems in the Neolithic
World'; 'History of Western Magic', 'Arthurian Tradition' 'World Mythology'
and 'Celtic literature and tradition’.
- • Eternal Chalice: the Enduring Legend of the Holy Grail (I.B.Tauris,
- The Celts Life Myth and Art (Duncan Baird Publishing London 1998),
- The Celtic Book of Living and Dying Duncan Baird Publishing London
(2000) (Duncan Baird) .
- Introductions to new editions of Charles Squire’s Mythology of the
British Isles and P.W.Joyce’s Old Celtic Romances (Wordsworth
Editions and the Folklore Society)
- The Little Book of Celtic Wisdom (Element 1996)
- Legends of Chivalry: Medieval Myth in TimeLife Books Myth and Mankind
Publications include substantial articles in academic journals, such as Folklore,
Studia Celtica, and Etudes Celtiques . Her current interests emcompass
the narrative traditions in the Middle Ages, especially the folk narrative
- Virgil and Taliesin: The Concept of the Magician in Medieval Folklore
- A Celtic Sorcerer's Apprentice: The Magician Figure in Scottish Tradition
Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Scottish Language
and Literature ed R.J. Lyall and F. Riddy, Glasgow, 1983.
- Lakes and Wells: Mediation Between the Worlds in Scottish Folklore Proceedings
of the Fourth International Conference on Scottish Language and Literature
- The Calumniated Wife Theme in Medieval Welsh Literature Cambridge
Medieval Celtic Studies Winter 1986 25 38.
- "Walter Map and the Context of De Nugis Curialium" Transactions
of the Honorable Society of Cymrodorion 1985, 91 103.
- "The Old Man of the Mountain in Medieval Folk Tradition" Folklore
- The Fairy Bride Legend in Wales Folklore vol 103:1 (1992) 56
- The Selling of Arthur: Popular Culture and the Arthurian legend Folklore
in Use 2, (1994) 115-29.
- ‘The Supernatural Female as Carrier of Disease in Medieval Welsh Tradition’
Letters to Ambrose Merton: Quarterly Folklore Miscellany no 5 1996.
- ‘Rewriting and rethinking the Welsh folktale’ in Folklore Studies – Past,
Present and Future?’ Special edition of Lore and Language ed J.S.
Ryan 15 (1997).
- Celtic Goddesses: Myths and Mythology in The Feminist Companion to
Mythology ed. Carolyne Larrington, Pandora Press 1992.
- ‘Filming Fairies: Popular Film, Audience Response and Meaning in Contemporary
Fairy Lore’ Folklore 117 (2006) 279-296
- The Search for the Holy Grail: Scholars Critics and Occultists Proceedings
of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium Volume xxii, 2002